June 2009

A reminder of how important it is to monitor and audit financial claims. According to the Observer, A4E and another company have been asked to pay back a total of £63,000 following a DWP investigation into financial claims. More...

The Office for Disability Issues is inviting proposals from local partnerships to join the programme of 10-12 Project Search sites to take part in a Government evaluation of Project Search. The closing date for receipt of proposals is 30 September 2009. Details of how to submit a proposal can now be found on the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) website. More...

DWP has stated that it will be publishing monthly tables containing programme performance statistics from later this year. They have recently released cumulative performance figures up to the end of February 2009. This shows the Workstep programme achieveing 139% of its jobs target. Provider-led Pathways hit 30% of its job target and Work Preparation just 17%. More...

Tim Cooper has been appointed as the Office for Disability Issues’ new director. He has worked and volunteered in a range of disability roles over the past 25 years. He will take up his new post in September and replaces Acting Director Stephen Martin. The Office for Disability Issues was set up in December 2005 to work towards equality for disabled people. It works with all government departments to help them understand and meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people.

This DWP report presents findings from qualitative research to explore the views and experiences of 30 participants in the condition management programme. More...

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to give away its guides on workplace safety for free as from the autumn. HSE has decided to make over £1 million worth of their current paid for publications freely available via their website. From September 2009, around 250 publications that contain health and safety advice and guidance will be posted on the HSE website in PDF format to view and to print. The publications cover the full range of HSE’s guidance as well as detailed information on associated codes of practice and safety regulations.

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) has launched a consultation to ask disabled people how to make choice and control a reality in their lives. The consultation, launched on 11 June, invites stakeholders to about the best way to deliver the Right to Control. The ODI encourages responses from disabled people, their organisations, public bodies, commissioners and service providers. BASE will be responding and we're seeking views of our members for this. See our consultation page for more details. The consultation runs from 11 June – 30 September 2009.

Yvette Cooper has been named as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following James Purnell's resignation. Tony McNulty is replaced by Jim Knight as Minister for Employment.

The Adult and Community Services Department of the London Borough of Bromley are tendering for a high quality supported employment service for adults with a learning disability aged 19 years and over. The purpose of which is the development of a number of community-based employment and training projects offering full and part time work alongside voluntary opportunities which can increase individuals skills levels with a view to moving on to permanent paid employment.

DWP has set out the changes that are being made to the Financial Appraisal and Monitoring (FAM) function and a timetable for delivery. The purpose of the FAM function is to provide an assurance to the Departmental Accounting Officer that payments made to Contracted Employment Programme (CEP) providers are in accordance with DWP requirements, public funds are protected and that value for money has been obtained.

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