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Ofsted has published its 2017-18 annual report. The report highlights concerns raised by Ofsted’s local area SEND inspections. These have shown that:

BASE held it's annual awards presentations at our conference in Milton Keynes on 27-28 November. The winners were announced in front of a packed hall at the conference dinner. Our annual awards are an opportunity to recognise the excellent practice that goes on around the country and Kent Supported Employment, part of The Education People, were the winners of both the Team of the Year and the Practitioner of the Year awards. 

The Government has published a line manager's guide to employing people with a disability. It's been produced by the Disability Confident scheme in collaboration with CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

The guidance focuses on the role of the line manager in workplace adjustments, langauge and behaviour and sickness absence. It also provides guidance on recruiting, retaining and developing employees with a disability or health condition.

DWP has announced the successful bidders to the Work and Health Unit's Challenge Fund. Almost £4 million of funding will be shared between the 19 projects. The Challenge Fund is a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, and has a focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions. 

The Public Accounts Committee has published it's latest report into the Universal Credit Inquiry  and finds that the introduction of Universal Credit is causing unacceptable hardship and difficulties for many of the claimants it was designed to help.

NHS England has confirmed the bidding process for Wave 2 of the Individual Placement Support funding and launched it on 7 November. Applications should be returned by close of play on Wednesday 5th December 2018 to England.mentalhealthsouth@nhs.net and copy to england.adultMH@nhs.net

We are trying to locate all the documentation needed to submit an application and will post a link on this page.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report on the use of benefit sanctions. It is highly critical of the sanctions regime, arging that there is no evidence for its effectiveness and that instead it places vulnerable people at risk.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its review of Universal Support, the programme of support available to claimants of Universal Credit.

It says the Government "must not proceed" with moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit until "a new, flexible, discretionary approach to debt management, drawing on best practice in the retail sector" is in place - and working. The Department is currently planning to start moving claimants over from mid-2019. 

PeoplePlus is currently seeking partners to bid for ESF Opt-in tenders in London and Adult Education Budget opportunities in several Combined Authority areas that are being released from October 2018. They are looking to hear from a diverse range of partners with a track record of local delivery who share their vision, values and commitment to delivering high performing services that transform people’s lives.

The Guardian is reporting that children and young people with special needs are being failed in almost half of areas in England inspected under new rules.

Under a system of inspections introduced in 2016, the education watchdog Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have so far visited 68 local areas to assess whether they meet the needs of those aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

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