Strategy

We're consulting to gather your views about the Government's National Disability Strategy. The strategy was announced last April and is due to be published in Spring 2021. We are involved in some of the cross-government working groups and want to make sure that we're reflecting your views.

Please complete our survey. It should take 20-30 minutes to complete but it will provide us with vital information for our submission to the strategy.

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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: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report examines the role of HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in implementing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The report considers how well the schemes were implemented, recognising the need to deliver at speed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report looks at the implementation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This report considers whether the Departments have:

Think Local Act Personal is organising a great series of webinars about the design and operations of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme funds social care, including employment support, across Australia. The first webinar took place recently and you can view it below.

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

BASE has submitted evidence to the Centre for Social Justice's Disability Commission. The Disability Commission will issue their report later in 2020.

The Government has launched the Kickstart Scheme and it is now open to any employer. The £2bn Kickstart Scheme aims to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK to help young people who have been particularly hit by the crisis.

The scheme will fund 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. We understand that it will also be open to people on Employment Support & Allowance.

The Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into employment and COVID-19 and invites written contributions to its investigation. They will examine the effects of the pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. Also how the labour market may change as a result of the pandemic in the longer term. The Committee intends to make recommendations to the Government. The deadline for submissions is 10 September 2020.

DWP has been holding market engagement events about two new proposed programmes and slides/notes are attached below for each of them.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Supported employment, Strategy, Wales
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This briefing paper, written by Dr Steve Beyer, makes recommendations for the Welsh Government about how to improve employment support for people with autism and/or a learning disability. It draws on learning from the Engage to Change programme, a project for young people 16-25 years who are NEET (or at risk of becoming NEET) and have a learning difficulty, learning disability and /or autism.

The Scotland Government has published an action plan for the future care and support of people living with neurological conditions.

The term ‘neurological conditions’ includes a wide range of conditions, disorders and syndromes affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.

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