DWP

Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition

Publisher: 
DWP
Topics: 
DWP, Dept of Health, Mental health and IPS
Type: 
Research and Report

This report sets out the reviewers’ vision for change to ensure the Government can better help more people with mental health conditions who are workless into sustained employment. The report is also known as the Rachel Perkins Review.

Fit Notes

Publisher: 
DWP
Topics: 
Guidance, DWP, Incapacity Benefit, Health and Wellbeing, Health and Employment & Support Allowance
Type: 
Guidance

This is DWP's useful leaflet explaining more about the Fit Note. It is targetted at customers rather than organisations but is still helpful.

Preferred Suppliers for the Employment Related Support Services Framework - DWP

Publisher: 
DWP
Topics: 
DWP and procurement
Type: 
Framework

DWP's list of providers and organisations that have been accepted on to the Employment Related Support Services Framework

Merlin Standard

Publisher: 
DWP
Topics: 
DWP, Work Programme, Work Choice, supply chain contracting, Public procurement, Merlin and Commissioning
Type: 
Web link and Policy document

The Merlin Standard has been designed to recognise and promote sustainable excellence and positive partnership working within supply chains and provide guidance to those seeking to achieve it.

http://www.merlinstandard.co.uk/

DWP Worklessness Co-design – interim and final report

Publisher: 
DWP
Topics: 
Local authorities, DWP, Strategy and research
Type: 
Research

Building on the HM Treasury and Department for Communities and Local Government led initiative Total Place, the Department for Work and Pensions worked with five local authorities to investigate how to further work together to co-design solutions to local issues of worklessness. Both the Interim and Final report are included in this article.

BASE statement on Sayce Review of Disability Employment Programmes

BASE welcomes the publication of Liz Sayce’s review of disability employment programmes. We are particularly pleased that the review acknowledges that the place, train and maintain model of supported employment is recognised as the most effective means of delivering support to those who are at most risk of economic exclusion. It is clear that the use of personal budgets offers an opportunity to deliver the support that disabled people want. There is, of course, work to be done to ensure that a new funding system is fit for purpose.

BASE statement on Sayce Review

BASE welcomes the publication of Liz Sayce’s review of disability employment programmes. We are particularly pleased that the review acknowledges that the place, train and maintain model of supported employment is recognised as the most effective means of delivering support to those who are at most risk of economic exclusion. It is clear that the use of personal budgets offers an opportunity to deliver the support that disabled people want. There is, of course, work to be done to ensure that a new funding system is fit for purpose.

We are however concerned that local disinvestment is making it much harder for services to deliver the support that we know works so well. We know that there are savings to be made by supporting people with significant disabilities into work. Evidence is building to show that supported employment has a vital role to play in the modernising of day services and health provision.

A way needs to be found to ensure that mainstream funding can be used for the place, train and maintain model so that all people with a disability get the evidence-based support they need to get a job and develop a career.

We welcome the call for more people to be able to get support through Access to Work though this will require a significant increase in funding for the programme. We are pleased with the recommendations to simplify the system and to support employers, particularly those employing people with fluctuating conditions.

BASE urges caution around the removal of funding from supported businesses. Previous closures have resulted in high levels of unemployment. This recommendation needs to be thought through and planned well if disabled employees are to remain in alternative employment.

BASE supports the transformation of supported business into enterprises, whether they be mutuals or other forms of social enterprise. Comprehensive business support will be vital. The viability of supported businesses has not been helped by the absence of a Government strategy for using reserved contracts within public procurement. We urge the Government to follow the example of the Scottish Government where a procurement strategy is being developed collaboratively.

We look forward to working with the Government to make employment a reality for many more disabled jobseekers. Their aspiration for work has always been evident. It’s now up to the Government and providers to work in partnership to make this a reality.

http://base-uk.org/policy/news/sayce-review-disability-employment-progra...

£3m announced for user led organisations

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The Government has announced an extra £3m for disabled people’s grassroots organisations to better deliver services to disabled people.

Mandatory Work Activity - preferred bidders published

DWP has published the results of the Mandated Work Activity tender exercise.

DWP publishes WCA handbook for assessors

DWP has published a handbook as part of a training programme for healthcare professionals approved or appointed by the Department for Work and Pension's Chief Medical Adviser to carry out benefit assessment work.

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