The Goivernment has issued guidance to providers currently delivering ESF funded projects.

The ESFA has published the guidance and cost form for exceptional learning support for the 2019 to 2020 funding year.

Providers and employers must complete the estimated cost of exceptional learning support at the beginning of a learner’s programme and submit the completed cost form by email to

County Councils have warned that the costs of special educational needs (SEND) services are threatening to break their budgets. The County Councils Network (CCN) says the 36 councils it represents have seen a rise of 46% in the number of young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

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. 

Government is issuing  a series of EU technical notices that aim to allow organisations to prepare for all scenarios including not having a deal with the EU when the UK leaves in March 2019.
Guidance has been published about the European Social Fund. It discusses how organisations receiving European Social Fund (ESF) grants would be affected if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

Clarion Futures, part of the Clarion Housing Group, has funding available to help organisations to replicate an approach to embedding Digital Champions into employment programmes in order to address the essential digital skill needs of clients. Clarion Futures has developed a benchmark screening tool for organisations to use, and to be developed further through the partnerships formed. The funding partnership is also highly collaborative as organisations in receipt of grant funding work together to solve problems and discuss the challenges and impact of this work.

BASE welcomes the announcement on continued funding for individuals working within protected places in supported businesses. We welcome the increased certainty around funding so that these businesses can plan more sustainably for the future and continue to develop employment opportunities for people who have a disability. 

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has announced increased funding to support businesses that provide extra employment support for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work.

When the Work Choice employment programme ends in March 2019, ongoing support will be offered to individuals working in Supported Businesses through specially designed new elements of the government’s Access to Work scheme.

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Preparing for Adulthood has produced a quick guide to education funding for people aged 16 - 25 who have special educational needs and/or a disability.

This guide provides information on the way the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and, in some cases, local authorities will calculate and allocate funding to institutions who provide education to young people with SEND. The guide provides a summary of the structure of the funding system and provides a quick reference guide; further information is available from the links in the document. 

As outlined in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, NHS England has committed to doubling access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services nationally by 2020/21, enabling approximately 20,000 people who experience a severe mental illness (SMI) to find and retain employment.


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