Learning disabilities

Central Government, Valuing People Now
Learning disabilities, Supported employment
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Learning disability employment policy in England was led by the Valuing Employment Now (VEN) Team until it was disbanded in April 2010. Employment policy is now led by the Valuing People Now team. Only 6.4% of people with a significant disability are in paid employment in England (2010). Valuing Employment Now was published in June 2009 and is the main cross-Government policy document for England.

Mencap would like to invite people with a learning disability to take part in the first national survey of people with a learning disability in 15 years!

The survey is the chance for people with a learning disability to share their experiences. It was fully co-produced by people with a learning disability, and asks questions on topics they say are important to them, including health, relationships, employment and inclusion.

Greater Manchester has set a target of achieving 7% employment rates for people with learning disabilities across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs by 2020. The target is included within its GM Learning Disability Strategy and flagged up in a letter to all authorities in the region.

The letter, from Lord Smith of Leigh, the Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Care Board, states:


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