Policy & research organisations

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Guidance

This publication summarises the learning from work undertaken by NDTi around supporting people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems into paid work. Conclusions include that there is:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability, Supported Internships, Strategy, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

This year (2021) will mark 26 years since the Disability Discrimination Act and 11 years since the Equality Act passed into law. Despite this legislative change, progress towards greater equality between disabled and non-disabled people has been erratic and, in some areas, non-existent.

The Conservative Party made a manifesto commitment in the 2019 General Election to develop a disability strategy which, in the words of the Prime Minister, needs to be the “most ambitious and transformative endeavour for disabled people in a generation.”

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Covid-19, Strategy, Disability
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

This report from the Social Market Foundation looks at the links between disability and poverty and argues for reforms of the welfare benefits system and improved employment support.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Recruitment
Year of Publication: 
2021

The Edge Foundation has published a Skills Shortage Bulletin tracking ongoing and emerging trends in the UK labour market. This edition includes a focus on green jobs and the digital sector, both of which have been at the centre of much of the discussion about future economic recovery.

Covid 19, is unsurprisingly a common theme in this edition. Notably, the latest research suggests that the pandemic has not necessarily created new challenges so much as accelerated existing ones.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

This report from the Learning & Work Institute's Youth Commission analyses current education, employment and skills services and planned changes, and identifies how they match up against these future challenges.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Research

ClearView Research have just released new research looking into the impact of COVID19 on youth employment and future prospects. They found that 35% of young people were experiencing mental health issues due to COVID19. The pandemic has resulted in a lot of negativity and pessimism about future prospects for young people and this, coupled with the isolation caused by lockdown, can make what is an already difficult situation even more challenging.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Recruitment
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

The Resolution Foundation has published a report evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis on the UK labour market. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap, Commissioning, Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report from New Local, formerly the New Local Government Network, argues that the current employment support system, managed by the DWP, can often do more harm than good, leaving people distressed and fearful, and only helping to lift 4% of the group into work every year.

The report argues for greater collaboration between local government, public services, the third sector, businesses and communities with employment support being locally commissioned and embedded.

Millions of people find it difficult, or even impossible, to work due to the impact of disabilities and long-term health conditions. This is often part of a complex picture of wider social disadvantages, which can include issues such as poverty, loneliness and isolation, problems with housing, drug and alcohol addiction, and contact with the criminal justice system.

This has been compounded by record levels of unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. People who have been out of work for a long time due to this kind of complex disadvantage face not only their existing barriers to employment, but are also now at the back of a queue of millions of people who will find it easier to move into a job.

The report argues that even during periods of low unemployment, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a poor record of supporting this group into work – only around 4% of those on associated benefits move into employment each year. The system DWP oversees has also often made people’s lives more difficult, exacerbating the stress and anxiety many already live with. Without major reform, the financial costs and human impact will continue to mount. It’s time to radically rethink support for this group.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Employer Engagement
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

This paper explores 25 literature reviews and experimental studies on interventions that (could) successfully lead to the integration of disabled persons into the competitive labour market. In spite of the wide scope of health conditions and background characteristics of disabled persons, it is able to identify several ‘incentive boosters’:

(1) work modifications and employer support;

(2) empowerment of, and interaction between the disabled person, the family (in case of severe disabilities), the employer, and other stakeholders;

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research, Web link

A high proportion of people with severe mental health problems are unemployed but would like to work. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) offers a promising approach to establishing people in paid employment. In a randomized controlled trial across six European countries, the economic case for IPS for people with severe mental health problems was investigated compared to standard vocational rehabilitation.

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