DWP seeks local authorities for Supported Employment trial
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.
The funding will be channeled through local authorities and will initially be for 18 months. BASE will be working with DWP to lengthen and widen the proof of concept pilots which will cover England, Wales and Scotland.
Local authorities will work with Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group and Support Group and Universal Credit claimants with a learning disability or autism, who are known to Adult Social Care, and those in contact with secondary mental health services to reduce barriers to employment and improve employment opportunities for these groups.
The aim of the proof of concept is to explore how DWP can combine central and local budgets to enhance delivery of supported employment locally, with a view to seeing if this support can be rolled out nationally. BASE has worked closely with DWP to develop this proof of concept. Initially there is funding for the trial to take place across 8 local authority areas but we hope to secure funding so that the initiative can be expanded.
For full details, including the specification, please visit www.gov.uk/government/