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.

Is welfare to work, working well? Improving employment rates for people with disabilities and long-term conditions The

The London Borough of Merton is seeking to appoint a provider to develop a framework and programme to assist and work with residents who have disabilities and assist them into employment. We have no further information on this opportunity.

Enfield's Skills for Work Service is looking to recruit a pool of Job Coaches to support young people (16-24 year olds) with a disability on the supported internship programme. They are inviting expressions of interest for this opportunity.

You can register your interest in being included on the Authority's select list of approved providers for this service by completing and submitting the Expression of Interest questionnaire attached at

Details of the tender process for the new £130m Work and Health Programme were discussed at provider meetings in London and Birmingham last week. The programme is scheduled to begin in October 2017.

The programme will be co-commissioned in Manchester and London and co-designed with Liverpool, North East England, Tees Valley, Sheffield, West Midlands, Cardiff, East Anglia and West of England.

BASE has submitted a short paper to an apprenticeships taskforce detailing its views on access to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities and other hidden impairments. The taskforce has been formed by Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, and is to be chaired by Paul Maynard MP. We understand that the taskforce will begin its work soon and has sought views from a number of organisations.

The National Galleries of Scotland is running a programme that aims to get young people aged between 18 and 24 into the heritage sector by providing them with an 18 month long paid traineeship.
The Skills for the Future is a Heritage Lottery Funded project that aims to train 12 young people, aged between 18 and 24, in the digitisation of our collections. The recruits need to have turned 18 by the 5th September 2016.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report on Universal Credit in-work progression. In its report, the Committee says the employment support service for in-work claimants of Universal Credit (UC) holds the potential to be the most significant welfare reform since 1948, but realising this potential means a steep on-the-job learning curve, as the policy appears to be untried anywhere in the world.