Rob Greig, the National Director for Valuing People, has been asked by the Minister to write a report about how Valuing People's going and the Valuing People Support Team will be inviting people to contribute to this. There are a number of ways people can be part of this:

The Commission for Racial Equality has produced a CD-ROM guide to the law on racial equality. "Racial Equality and the Smaller Business - A Practical Guide" is designed to help smaller organisations work out how to ensure fair treatment for everyone and is available for download at the website of the Commission for Racial Equality.

The rates for the national minimum wage change with effect from 1 October. The new rates are as follows:

  • the adult rate rises from £4.50 to £4.85 - an eight per cent increase;
  • the 18 to 21 year olds rate increase from £3.80 to £4.10 - also an eight per cent increase;
  • for the first time 16 and 17 year olds who are no longer of compulsory school age will be paid at least £3.00 per hour.

Camden's Integrated Employment Project is advertsing for an Employment Development Coordinator for their learning disability service. See our jobs page for more info.

The European Commission has announced changes to the funding regimes for 2007-2013. The proposals are designed to streamline and target spending on EU employment and social policy. A new programme called "Progress" will replace the EQUAL transnational initiative. More...

The new vision for adult social care: Following the results of the social care institute for excellence (SCIE) survey, health minister Stephen Ladyman has announced the development of a Green Paper outlining the development of a new vision for social care. More...

The Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on two key provisions of this forthcoming Act: the way it covers the functions of public bodies and the duty to promote equality. The document includes details of the proposed scope of Disability Equality Schemes. More...

The Low Pay Commission has been asked to report on the national minimum wage, review the rates and make recommendations about any changes. The deadline for responses is 25 October. More information at the Low Pay Commission website.

The Small Business Service has produced a document outlining the findings from a study led by MIND and Social Firms UK. The aim of the study was to find out: the scope for people with mental health problems to become involved in enterprise; the availability and quality of current enterprise support at local level; and the provision of intermediate workplaces. The document is available on the Small Business Service website.

Following scrutiny of the draft Disability Discrimination Bill by a joint select committee, the government has announced changes it will make to the draft Bill and published an indicative implementation timetable. The Bill includes provisions to support participation by disabled councillors in council business. The government proposals can be found at: