In a response from Government to the Work and Pensions Committee, DWP downplays the impact of the problems in the roll out of Universal Credit (UC) on claimants and local councils, claiming that rent arrears associated with UC “are likely to be of a short duration” and “should not present an insurmountable obstacle to landlords”. This is despite its own analysts urging caution about drawing conclusions from historic data, based on a small number of cases. The Government was unable to provide any of the basic, up-to-date, specific data that the Committee asked for.
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.
Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, has announced a £215 million funding boost to transform the lives of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities, by increasing school capacity and making it easier for them to access good school places.
The Merlin Standard is currently undergoing a refresh, to ensure that it remains fit for purpose. To aid the refresh, a consultation has been planned for stakeholders to provide feedback on the content of the Standard as well as user experiences relating to Merlin. Any comments should be sent to email@example.com by 5th April 2017.
Together for Short Lives is launching a ground-breaking new Transition Awards Programme to fund innovative transition projects. There is an urgent need for new initiatives to transform the experience of young people with life-limiting conditions as they move from children's to adult services.
Gateshead Council is looking for a training provider who can teach its staff to assist people with learning disabilities into work in a hands on practical way. It aims to do this through the use of an accredited Training in Systematic Instruction (TSI) provider. Interested partoies should express interest before 9 March.