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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report into Local Support for People with a Learning Disability  There are an estimated 930,000 adults with a learning disability in England, 129,000 of whom receive local authority social care support. There are approximately 2,500 people with a learning disability who are living in mental health hospitals.

It has been confirmed that DWP's supported employment proof of concept trials are to be delayed by the announcement of the general election on 8 June. We were expecting an imminent announcement about which local authorities have been selected to take part but this has now been put on hold. DWP will be writing to all those local authorities that submitted expressions of interest to update them on the situation. 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report, "Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal." that looks at the experiences of people with a disability in the UK today. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?. The report found a lack of equal opportunities in education and employment

DWP has released the third Q&A Briefing for the DWP Local Supported Employment proof of concept. This is the final briefing to be issued.

Expressions of interest close on 27 March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-supported-employment-ex...

 

Rob Grieg, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion, has written a blog for the Guardian about Rosa Monckton's proposal that people with a learning disability might be paid at less than the national minimum wage. We fully support his views which are reproduced below.

 

Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, has announced a £215 million funding boost to transform the lives of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities, by increasing school capacity and making it easier for them to access good school places.

Every local council’s allocation is at least £500,000 to enable them to expand and improve their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision, with more than half receiving at least £1 million.

Together for Short Lives is launching a ground-breaking new Transition Awards Programme to fund innovative transition projects. There is an urgent need for new initiatives to transform the experience of young people with life-limiting conditions as they move from children's to adult services.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report about the Disability Employment Gap. The report recommends a greater focus on retention, better use of specialists, and again calls for a senior disability work coach role to be reintroduced. It suggests that employers who recruit people with disabilities could receive National Insurance incentives.

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