The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

A new Work and Pensions Committee report says former offenders leaving prison face a "cliff edge" drop off in support offered to help them re-enter normal life and find work, and that even while in prison, education and employment support are fragmented and good practice is "patchy and inconsistent".

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This policy report from Labour MPs, disabled people, and experts on disability and work, with a foreword from Yvette Cooper, chair of the Changing Work Centre, puts forward a number of proposals to ensure disabled people play a key role in the changing world of work. With action from government and employers to remove the barriers of today and tomorrow, we can put inclusivity at the heart of the future of work.

The Learning Disabilities Observatory has published a report giving insight into the lives of people with a learning disability in 2015. The The Learning Disabilities Observatory was set up in April 2010 to provide high quality data and information about the health and healthcare of people with learning disabilities. The report finds that the number of adults with learning disabilities in any paid/self employment has dropped from 9,905 people in 2011/12 to 7,430 people in 2014/15 (6% employment rate), with most people (71%) working less than 16 hours per week. 

Scotland's Employability Minister, Jamie Hepburn, has confirmed that the £14 million Work First Scotland programme, which will provide employment support for 3,300 disabled people, will be voluntary and will not use the threat of sanctions. 

The Future of Jobcentre Plus inquiry

Work and Pensions Select Committee: Second Report of Session 2016-17


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