Funding

Youth Employment Initiative funding

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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.

Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Funds

The Department of Health's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Funds 2013-14 are open for applications until 21 September 2012.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals to develop new, innovative approaches to health and care, actively share excellent practice or improve integrated care and efficiency.

New fund to support work with Remploy employees

The Government has announced details of a Community Support Fund to support those individuals affected by Remploy closures. Financial assistance is available to not for profit organisations across Great Britain to make a positive difference to the lives of the disabled individuals and families affected by Remploy factory closures.

Support events announced for NOMS CFO programme

Following the launch of NOMS CFO programme, ‘More than the Sum’, a consortia-building fund aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises in England be in a position to participate in the delivery of future contracts, another round of support events have now been announced.

Survey finds widespread fears of local disinvestment

A BASE survey has found evidence of widespread fears that local authority funding for the sector will be drastically cut. The survey found that 40% of respondents were expecting cuts of over 30% in their local authority funding. While many of these local decisions remain unconfirmed, we are hearing of a number of services that have either been scrapped or told to expect cuts of over 50% in their funding.

Survey of voluntary sector involvement in the Work Programme

Inclusion and the Third Sector European Network (TSEN) are conducting a survey to find out the extent to which the local voluntary sector in England has been included in Work Programme bids.

LSIS grants for innovation in further education and work-based learning

This new £2m scheme is aimed at supporting innovative projects leading to significant improvements in Further Education or Work based Learning practice or performance.

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