20 / 9 / 2011 5.33pm
Access to Work
Access to work can give financial support and guidance for employees and employer, where the employee requires support or adaptations beyond the 'reasonable adjustments' which would be provided by the employer under the Equality Act 2010. Access to work also provides advice to employers on providing 'reasonable adjustments'.
Getting a Life
Getting a Life was set up as part of the Valuing People Now initiative, and ended in March 2011. It focused on helping young people with a learning disability transition from full time education to paid employment. Some of the staff continue to be involved in local projects and can be contacted through the website.
Individual or personal budgets
Individual/personal budgets and direct payments are cash payments given to service users in lieu of community care services for which they have been assessed. A person could use their budget to purchase employment support services or aids and adaption’s not covered by alternative funding or employer support.
- Read more about personal budgets on Directgov
Jobs first demonstrates how people with learning disabilities can use their social care personal budget, alongside appropriate funding streams such as Access to Work, to buy the support they need to get and keep a job. The project is working within seven demonstration sites (some of which are the same as Getting a Life), to prioritise paid employment.
Work Choice has replaced previous national programmes such as WORKSTEP, Work Preparation and Job Introduction Scheme. The programme provides specialist advisors who are trained to support employers and employees through Local Jobcentre Plus offices. Contact your Jobcentre and ask to be put in touch with a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA).
Valuing Employment Now
Valuing Employemtn Now was published in 2009 and sets out the cross-government strategy to increase the number of people with learning disabilities, especially moderate and severe learning disabilities, in paid work. The document highlights the benefits and detail the wide ranging strategic political support.
The Sayce review
An independent review of the Government’s specialist disability employment programmes was carried out and the results published in June 2011. The review contains specific recommendations about how the government can best use the available resources to help disabled people into work and support aspirations for the future. The Government’s response to the Sayce review was published in July 2011 and accompanied by a consultation which closes on 17 October 2011.