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Budget 2017: Reaction

by Rob May, director at YMCA Awards The Chancellor’s spring budget includes a glaring oversight according to Rob May, the director of the international qualifications awarding body, YMCA Awards. May explains: “The pledge to pump £500-million into the introduction of new so-called ‘T-Levels’ – technical qualifications, as an alternative to A-Levels for 16-19 year olds means that classroom-based vocational education ... Read More »

Launch of new emergency pack for vulnerable customers

  MPs and guests at the House of Commons have had a sneak preview of a new emergency pack that vulnerable customers can use in a power cut. The pack from the UK’s largest electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, will help vulnerable customers to be prepared if there is a power cut. Interruptions to power supplies are rare but they ... Read More »

‘Flying’ 15 minute care visits still a bleak reality

Over 30,000 people receiving 15-minute homecare visits in England Half of these people live in council areas that admit to using 15-minute visits for personal care Over one in five councils provide these rushed visits for personal care Leonard Cheshire Disability wants councils to put a stop to undignified and unsafe ‘flying’ care visits Thousands of disabled and older people ... Read More »

Golden opportunity to go Purple

UK business has a golden opportunity to access the £212bn annual disability market through the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, according to disability equality champion Mike Adams OBE. The Chief Executive of not-for-profit organisation Purple says the Government’s re-launch of its Disability Confident scheme is providing businesses with the opportunity to relook at disability differently and help them access the disability ... Read More »

Leading disability charity responds to social care precept announcement

Responding to reports in the media that the government intends to allow local councils to raise council tax by 6% over two years, Leonard Cheshire Disability CEO Neil Heslop, said: “We are pleased that the government has acknowledged the severe strain that social care is under. Giving local councils more flexibility to raise revenue locally is a step in the ... Read More »

New research shows thousands of jobs could be put at risk

New research shows thousands of jobs could be put at risk unless additional funding is found for the social care sector. As many as 30,000 jobs in the learning disability sector could be at risk in the next four years, warns newly published research by the national learning disabilities charity, Hft. Without additional funding to meet the rising costs of ... Read More »

Mencap highlights Autumn statement on employment

Universal Credit taper rate does nothing to mitigate cuts to Employment and Support Allowance – Mencap response to Autumn statement. Mencap highlights an Autumn Statement that fails to mitigate any of the damaging effects of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and failure to explain how the Government intends to halve the disability employment gap – a ... Read More »

Charity disappointed with new Government plans for disabled jobseekers

The Enham Trust have spoken out against the governments’ planned proposals which will mean only one in eight disabled people who want to work will receive the help they need; the equivalent of 45,000 fewer disabled people each year over the remainder of this parliament. The comments support a new report by the Employment Related Service Association (ERSA) ‘More than ... Read More »

Government’s employment plans ‘out of sync’ with its ambitions to help disabled people into work

National disability charity, Sense, warns that shrinking specialist employment support system will further marginalise disabled jobseekers National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) report which highlights that proposed cuts to funding in the Government’s employment programmes will see 45,000 fewer disabled people offered specialist support to find jobs. Warning that the new Work and ... Read More »

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning. The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare. Sense, ... Read More »

Sense, the national deafblind charity, responds to research which highlights workplace disability discrimination

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has responded to new research which reveals that 1 in 10 businesses within the UK believe they are unable to employ disabled people. The survey, which was commissioned by Disability Rights UK, highlighted a range of negative attitudes preventing employers from offering jobs to people with disabilities, such as fearing possible discrimination claims (33%) and believing ... Read More »

Sense Urges Government to Move Forward with Funding Plans for Early years

National deafblind charity, Sense, has called for assurance from the Government that plans for a new Early Years funding formula will not be affected by the announcement on the 21 July of the introduction of a new National Funding Formula for schools which is set to be delayed until 2018-19. The Government was expected to bring forward plans for a ... Read More »