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The House of Commons library has published a briefing report that highlights some key statistics related to the disability employment gap.

The 2015 Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to “aim to halve the disability employment gap” by transforming “policy, practice and public attitudes, so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people who can and want to be in work find employment.”

The Resolution Foundation has published a report examining the retention of jobs for people with disabilities. The report finds that the odds of people with disabilities who have been unemployed for more than a year returning to work diminish at twice the rate of non-disabled people. The report, Retention Deficit, calls on the government to revise its “seriously misguided” policy focus on disabled people on benefits.

Is welfare to work, working well? Improving employment rates for people with disabilities and long-term conditions The

BASE has submitted a short paper to an apprenticeships taskforce detailing its views on access to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities and other hidden impairments. The taskforce has been formed by Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, and is to be chaired by Paul Maynard MP. We understand that the taskforce will begin its work soon and has sought views from a number of organisations.

BASE has submitted evidence to the Work and Pension Committee's inquiry into halving the disability employment gap. You can view it by clicking on the pdf attachment below.

Project leads the way in increasing the employment aspirations for young people with disabilities. Three important resources have been launched this week that aim to help authorities, education providers and career advisers provide a more inclusive approach to employment for young adults following evidence that school leavers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are finding it difficult to achieve their work ambitions.

Ex-Service personnel with a serious mental health condition are nearly three times more likely to find and stay in work if they are supported through Individual Placement and Support (IPS), according to this new report.

DWP has published a cost/benefit analysis of the work experience scheme which was introduced in 2011 to help young unemployed people get work-based skills through a 2–8 week placement with a local employer. The key findings from this analysis are as follows: • This study provides additional evidence that taking part in work experience reduces the time 19–24-year-old JSA claimants spend on benefit and increases the time they spend in employment.

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