SCIL will be watching how this fund is administered very carefully. We believe Disabled People are in an ideal place to support other Disabled People into work. Work does not necessarily mean full time paid work. Part time work, Voluntary work, and even work experience placements all have a role in enabling Disabled People to develop skills, build confidence, and feel like they are a valued member of their community.
The week before last, the Government made an announcement that disability employment support services will be focused on individuals rather than institutions. This was in response to the Sayce Review and how the £320m protected budget for disability employment could be used more effectively to support thousands more disabled people into work.
As part of the announcement, the Government guaranteed an £8m package of tailored support for up to 18 months to support all disabled Remploy staff affected by the changes.
As some of you might know, my work focuses on what Disabled People’s User- Led Organisations can and already do contribute to public service reform and society more generally. This includes looking at ways of (a) how to ensure there are more DPULOs, and (b) how to ensure they are sustainable.
After the disability employment support announcement last week, some people on Twitter and in other places highlighted that…
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