Supported employment

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:

BASE has been working with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to produce some guidelines for local authorities to help them raise the employment rates of adults with disabilities.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report into Local Support for People with a Learning Disability  There are an estimated 930,000 adults with a learning disability in England, 129,000 of whom receive local authority social care support. There are approximately 2,500 people with a learning disability who are living in mental health hospitals.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Individual Placement & Support (IPS), Supported employment, Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This study, published by EASPD, assesses the literature review of cost-benefit analyses from a taxpayer perspective of the labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities. It includes an extensive and structured overview of global literature over the last 30 years. 

The main findings are that:

Rob Grieg, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion, has written a blog for the Guardian about Rosa Monckton's proposal that people with a learning disability might be paid at less than the national minimum wage. We fully support his views which are reproduced below.

 

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.  

BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Supported employment, Disability employment gap, Disability Confident
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

The Learning and Work Institute was commissioned by Brighton & Hove’s Equalities and Inclusion Partnership (EquIP) to conduct research into the barriers to employment, volunteering and skills development for disabled people and individuals with long term health conditions in Brighton & Hove, and to provide recommendations on how the council and their partners can remove such barriers, so that disabled people in Brighton & Hove are able to compete effectively for jobs and maintain employment and/or volunteering opportunities. 

Government publishes "Improving Lives The Work, Health & Disability Green Paper"  

The long-awaited Green Paper on disability employment has been launched . The Government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions via a consultation [closing date 17 February 2017] 

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

This analysis was commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to identify the financial costs and benefits associated with GCC’s Employment Service (GES). The service sits within GCCs Employment and Enablement Team and currently provides beneficiaries, who mainly have learning disabilities, with support to enable them to access paid work.

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