Strategy

The government has announced a review into support for children with special educational needs.

Five years on from reforms introduced to better support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the review aims to improve the services available to families who need support, equip staff in schools and colleges to respond effectively to their needs as well as ending the ‘postcode lottery’ they often face.

The review comes a week after the government announced an extra £700million in 2020/21 for pupils with the most complex needs. 

A coaltion of European associations has set out a series of recommendations about disability and employment support in a document known as the Vienna Declaration.

Publisher: 
Supported Employment Associations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

The Vienna Declaration sets out a number of recommendations aimed at the European Union, member states and providers of employment support.

The Government has launched a new cross-government approach on disability.

A report published by Demos suggests that Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty. The Pathways from Poverty report suggests that most of the department's work could be carried out more effectively by other Whitehall ministries.

The Scottish Governnment has published its Employment Action Plan for people who have a disability.

With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years. The plan sets an initial ambition to increase the employment rate of disabled people to 50% by 2023 then to 60% by 2030.

The action plan also includes:

DWP has announced a new employment support programme to start in 2019 for people living with a disability who are unlikely to move into work within the next year or longer and may need additional support.. The Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme will provide highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work. The support comes from a new £40 million fund and is expected to benefit 10,000 people.

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment Task Group report to Scottish Government Ministers.

The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability.

The report states 4 priorities for action:

Welsh Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, has announced a new strategy to transform support for people with a learning disability to ensure they have what they need to lead successful lives.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published a report looking at labour market outcomes of Londoners with a work limiting condition or disability.

The employment rate for disabled people in London stands at 46.5% meaning that around 370,000 disabled Londoners are out of work. The equivalent for the non-disabled population stands at 85%, meaning that the disability employment gap in London stands at 38.5 percentage points, slightly lower than the national average of 41.5 percentage points.

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