July 2016

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) have launched a new report documenting the impact of Brexit on voluntary organisations. The report builds on the findings derived from consulting the membership immediately after the EU referendum result in order to identify post-Brexit issues and risks.

ADASS has published its annual survey and it makes for pretty gloomy reading. The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing reducing resources in an environment where the provider and labour markets are fragile.

The Prime Minister is naming her new cabinet. Damien Green replaces Stephen Crabb as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Justine Greening replaces Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary.

We await details of any changes to other posts and junior minister positions.

The Disability Apprenticeships taskforce led by Paul Maynard MP has published its recommendations.

The House of Commons library has published a briefing report that highlights some key statistics related to the disability employment gap.

The 2015 Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to “aim to halve the disability employment gap” by transforming “policy, practice and public attitudes, so that hundreds of thousands more disabled people who can and want to be in work find employment.”

South Gloucestershire Council is creating a Recognised Provider List for the provision of job Coach Support to individuals living in South Gloucestershire The list will include details of organisations who provide Job Coach services to support individuals into work and in work.