DWP documents posted on the Bravo Solution website seem to confirm that the new Work and Health Programme (WHP) will only cater for those jobseekers who are considered close to the labour market. BASE is disappointed by the tone of the document which seeks to identify a tool that will categorise people into one of 4 groups:
The Citizens Advice Bureau has called on the government and employers to do more to close the health and disability employment gap. The organisation has launched a new programme of research seeking to understand what needs to change to narrow the gap. New analysis has revealed that disabled people or those with a health condition are more than twice as likely to fall out of work compared to those who are not disabled or have health problems.
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 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.
The Resolution Foundation has published a report examining the retention of jobs for people with disabilities. The report finds that the odds of people with disabilities who have been unemployed for more than a year returning to work diminish at twice the rate of non-disabled people. The report, Retention Deficit, calls on the government to revise its “seriously misguided” policy focus on disabled people on benefits.