Evidence base

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16 / 9 / 2011 11.43am

There is emerging evidence that supported employment can lead to overall savings to the UK health and social care system.

Employment: what we have learned 

This article by Charlotte Spencer published in the Tizard Learning Disability Review  in April 2011 is an extensive review of employment for people with learning disabilities in the UK during the last 15 years. The article summarises work done under Valuing People Now to improve employment prospects and outcomes for people with learning disabilities in England. It summarises the barriers to this and explains how understanding these barriers has helped to unlock solutions and new approaches.

Kent supported employment (2010)

Research on  in 2010 showed that for every person with a learning disability supported into work there is an average saving of £1,300 to the council and a saving of over £3,500 to the taxpayer. 

Kisby, M. and Beyer S. (2010) A financial cost benefit analysis of Kent Supported Employment: establishing a framework for analysis – interim report, Kent Social Services.

Beyer, S. and Robinson C. (2009) A review of the Research Literature on Supported Employment: A report for the cross government learning disability employment strategy team.  London, Department of Health


Financial case for supported employment 

The Department of Health's paper Financial case for supported employment: comissioning high quality supported employment makes financial sense outlines the cost benefits of providing supported employment to people with learning disabilities. The paper is useful when considering the wider societal cost of providing services to people with learning disabilities rather than employment opportunities.  

The paper summarises the cost efficiencies that can be found by commissioning high quality supported employment services based on research in North Lanarkshire and Kent, which demonstrated net savings of £6,894 and £3,564 per person per annum.

Pure Innovations case studies

Costed case studies from Pure Innovations, a independent not for profit organisation providing supported employment services, demonstrate the real savings possible where an individual is in employment rather than in receipt of day services. There are three separate case studies which demonstrate the different cost impacts dependent on individual circumstances. The business cases show the cost elements of pre employment and post employment and thereby the potential cost savings.

Increasing the numbers of people with learning disabilities in employment (2010)

This document sets out principles to guide how people with learning disabilities are supported in relation to employment. It considers the provision or commissioning of employment services by local authorities, and sets out the business case for investment in these services.Increasing the numbers of people with learning disabilities in employment: The evidence base – best practice guidance for local commissioners’. The most recent and detailed review provided by DH is  

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