£5m investment in supported internships

The Department for Education have announced that they will be allocating an additional £5m investment into supported internships. The investment will aim to enable local authorities to increase the number of providers of supported internships, increase links with local businesses and develop study programmes for all young people with SEND.

The non-ringfenced funding will be distributed between all local authorities, with a 'top slice' of £15000 allocated to each of nine regional support leads.

Greater Manchester to control health and social care budget

Greater Manchester is to be given control of the region's £6bn health and social care budget. NHS England is to hand spending decisions on regional healthcare to local politicians, clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts. The devolved power agreement is expected to be confirmed by the Chancellor George Osborne on Friday and the plan will come into force from April 2016.

£11m programme to support London's long-term unemployed

Almost 4,000 people will be helped into employment after Government, the Mayor of London, London Councils and Central London boroughs signed off the details of an £11m scheme that will aim to help people struggling to find work.

Working Capital will run for five years and test a radical new model to support nearly 4,000 central London residents who claim Employment Support Allowance, (the main out-of-work benefit for people with long term health problems) but have left the national Work Programme after two years without finding long term employment.

Local authority SEND grant allocations

The Department for Education has announced it will invest a further £31.7 million in 2015 to 2016 to help local authorities in England continue to meet the costs of implementing the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms.

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

DWP seeks tenders for specialist employability support

DWP has announced that is putting £13m aside to fund specialist employability support from September 2015 until 2017. The Department for Work and Pensions intends to contract for providers of Specialist Employability Support (SES) for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work. The support will be a mix of provision depending on the customer need for either short intensive support to feed into other employment programmes, or for intensive and integrated employment support to help them access sustainable employment.

Govt announces £12m for mental health employment support

The government has announced a further £12 million is to be invested in helping people with mental health conditions return to work. The £12 million investment includes £6 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government and £6 million match-funding from pilot areas.

Youth Employment Initiative funding


Four eligible areas in England will receive funding to support new and innovative youth employment programmes, as well as a further four smaller regions where youth unemployment is also high. Eligibility for the funding was based on the youth unemployment rate in 2012 in NUTS2 and NUTS3 areas. The final allocations are subject to confirmation by the European Commission, but are expected to be in the region of:

Inner London - £35.7 million
Merseyside - £22.2 million
Tees Valley & Durham - £19.8 million
West Midlands - £42.2 million
Hull - £3.7 million
Leicester - £4.1 million

Progress Recruitment set to close after losing contract

BASE member, Progress Recruitment, has announced it is to close after losing its contract with Blackpool Council. The service has helped around 2,000 people with disabilities take up employment opportunities over the years. The organisation, which employs eight people directly, will close on March 31.

Further round of £30 million Wales Economic Growth Fund opens

The next phase of the £30million Wales Economic Growth Fund has opened for expressions of interest from companies looking to access gap funding of more than £100,000 to support job creating projects.

More than £9 million was allocated to 135 projects in the first phase of the fund earlier this year – creating 980 potential jobs across Wales and safeguarding the future of almost 800 more. Some of those benefiting include:

Access to Work scheme extended

Disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies to get additional help through Access to Work.

Disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies will for the first time get additional help through the Access to Work scheme – which provides funding towards the extra costs disabled people face in work, such as travel costs, specially adapted equipment or support workers.

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