October 2015

The Disability Benefits Consortium has called on the Government to reverse its planned cuts to Employment and Support Allowance after new research suggested the policy will actually make it harder for disabled people to find work.

The planned cuts, to Employment and Support Allowance, will see around £30 a week taken from new claimants who the DWP judges to be capable of work at some point in the future.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has published its report on Welfare to Work. It makes a specific recommendation that a specialist disability employment programme be retained and, ideally, expanded.

The Health And Social Care Information Centre has published it s final report for 2014-15 Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) indicators.

In 2014-15, 6% of adults with learning disabilities aged 18-64 and known to Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities were in paid employment [Indicator 1E]. The gender breakdown is male 6.4%, female 5.3%. Rates varied from 3.2% in the East Midlands to 7.7% in London.

It has been announced that inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will assess how effectively local areas are fulfilling their obligations towards children and young people with special educational needs.