Supported business

A new quality mark has been launched for Supported Businesses. The Social Enterprise Disabilty Employment Mark (SEDEM) has been designed specifically for the supported business sector, with the aim of providing assurance for commissioners/funding bodies and disabled people on the specialist supportive environment provided for employees with disabilities.

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.

Publisher: 
Scottish Government
Topics: 
Supported business
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Report

This report reviews the current status of Supported Businesses in Scotland and provides recommendations and guidance for these businesses about how they could enhance their sustainability while providing the best support to staff with disabilities.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Access To Work, Work Choice, Personalisation, Supported business
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Report

Liz Sayce's independent review of disability employment programmes. Getting In, Staying In, and Getting On, contains a number of recommendations about Access to Work, Remploy, residential training colleges and the future direction for funding specialist employment support services. The report has called for: • specialist disability employment support to be made available through individual budgets so that individuals can select the support that best meets their needs.

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