They are initially seeking to complie a list of approved providers before going to tender. The tender may be split into more than one lot and seeks providers to deliver employment retention support as well as recruitment services across a range of disability customer groups.
The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report about the Disability Employment Gap. The report recommends a greater focus on retention, better use of specialists, and again calls for a senior disability work coach role to be reintroduced. It suggests that employers who recruit people with disabilities could receive National Insurance incentives.
London and Greater Manchester have both announced market engagement events for providers prior to procurement of the Work and Health Programme. It has been confirmed that Greater Manchester will contain a single contract package area. London will have four contract package areas. Providers who are interested in bidding do not have to be listed on the Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (UAEHRS).
The City of Wolverhampton Council is looking to procure an Individual Placement Support (IPS) good or outstanding fidelity rated provider to deliver a 12 month IPS programme in Wolverhampton. The programme will receive its funding of £60,000 from the DWP, ESF and YEI and the Council. The aim of the programme is to develop evidence of the effectiveness of the IPS model in delivering employment outcomes to people with mental health needs.
The deadline to submit applications to the Employment for All awards 2017 has been extended until 6th February. The Employment for All Award, hosted by EASPD and EUSE, is given to Social Services/ Support Providers and Businesses or Employers who have designed and implemented effective systems for employment of people with disabilities.
DWP has released more details about Greater Manchester and London's devolved powers to procure and deliver the Work and Health Programme. The two cities will receive funds to develop, procure and deliver localised versions of the new Work and Health Programme to fit the needs of their residents. The Work and Health Programme is expected to start from late 2017 in England and Wales.
The Department for Education is seeking evidence on the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in residential special schools and colleges. Responses should be sent to Lenehan.Review@education.gov.uk by 17 March 2017.
The London Borough of Sutton People Directorate intend to commission a Supported Employment Service for vulnerable adults (hereafter referred to as ‘service users’) with a mental health need, a learning disability or a physical disability who want to work.