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More on the Lords defeat

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  1. The Government is being urged to abandon its welfare reforms after a triple defeat in the House of Lords.Peers considering the Welfare Reform Bill voted to protect cancer sufferers and disabled people from cuts.
  2. The Government was also defeated by 234 to 186 (majority 48), over a plan to limit to one year the time people can claim the employment and support allowance (ESA). Peers agreed to replace the one-year cap with the ability for the Government to specify a limit of no less than two years.
  3. The Government was also defeated when peers voted by 222 to 166 (majority 56) to accept another amendment by Lord Patel to remove the time limit on ESA payments from people receiving treatment for cancer.
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New Non-Exec Director appointed to Remploy

John Osmond has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Remploy, one of the UK’s leading providers of employment opportunities for disabled people.

As an experienced Director and Executive, John has a track record of success in working with clients and business partners and in leadership of international teams.

Having worked within IBM Corporation since 1977, he most recently led the alliance between IBM and Cisco across Europe, Middle East and Africa, IBM’s largest global business partnership.

The appointment of Remploy Non-Executive Directors is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The recruitment and selection process was in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointment begins 3 October 2011

 

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IT contractor sort..

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for an external provider of an assessment service and supporting IT for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The new benefit will be introduced in April 2013 and will replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age.

A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union says the detailed design of the supporting IT is being developed and the extent to which the chosen PIP assessment service provider will need to provide IT services has not been finalised.

 

The overall contract is worth between £30m and £50m and will run for three years but could be extended for a further three years.

More than 3 million people in the UK claim the DLA, approximately 2 million of whom are of working age.

 

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Disability Groups are now seeking to address the injustices that they see;

 

Channel 4 picks up the story

 

 

 

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Maria Miller today asked disabled people and their respective organisations to join the debate on reforming the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as it will be scrapped and replaced with a benefit which is clearer; more targeted and has tighter eligibility criteria.

The Minister for Disabled People said: “we want the views of disabled people to be fully reflected in any change we make to DLA and we remain fully committed to the principles of DLA as a non-means tested cash benefit to assist with the extra costs incurred by disabled people”.

Maria Miller also stated that: “Personal independence payment will maintain the key principles of DLA, providing cash support to help overcome the barriers which prevent disabled people from participating fully in everyday life, but it will be delivered in a fairer, more consistent and sustainable manner. It is only right that support should be targeted at those disabled people who face the greatest challenges to leading independent lives.”

Under Government plans the DLA is to be simplified; made more objective and better reflect disabled peoples’ needs and costs they may incur in society, in order for them to participate more fully in society. The DLA will now be known as Personal Independence Payment.

The DLA assessment can be subjective and can also act as a barrier to work rather than enabling people to live independent lives. “Rather than being a poorly targeted and unsustainable benefit, DLA needs to help disabled people live independently and help meet the cost of the barriers that they face in day-to-day life.”

More Information:
– The reforms will be introduced for new and existing claimants of working age from 2013 and could be extended to children or pensioners.
– Claimants will have to have had an impairment or health condition for six months, not three, as at present.

  • There will no longer be automatic entitlements for people with specific health conditions.
  • All claimants will be assessed by a healthcare professional approved by the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • The Disability Living Allowance is the Department for Work & Pensions’ second most expensive working age benefit, with the 3 million people currently receiving the benefit, costing £12 billion per year.

To view the publication please go to: this link

Jason McGee-Abe
Project Support Officer
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Work Programme: building specialist capacity

7 December 2010

St Albans Conference Centre, Leigh Place, Baldwin Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N 7AB

This event, kindly supported by Serco Welfare to Work, is designed for organisations looking to be prime contractors for the DWP’s new Work Programme. Hear from specialist providers, customers and employers about what works best in supporting those customers who are further from the labour market.

There are 520,000 people in England who use community based social care, many of whom will be referred to the Work Programme. The aim of the event is to demonstrate how specialist provision can ensure your Work Programme solution is fully inclusive to people who face complex health and disability related barriers.

The event is relevant for anyone involved in developing tenders for the Work Programme – Contract Negotiators, Partnership Managers, Policy Managers, Regional Managers, Bid Writing Teams etc.

By the end of the day you will have an understanding of:

Specialist approaches and innovative solutions that get results…

You will discover a range of transferable models and approaches that overcome the most complex barriers to produce sustainable, evidenced job outcomes.

You will have a chance to question a range of specialist providers and employers.

Who is actually furthest from the labour market…

You will have the opportunity to engage with customers with a learning disability, mental health issues, autism, ex-offenders with a disability and young people leaving care.

What works…

You will experience a range of case studies and success stories told first hand by customers, employers and specialist providers.

Please note that there is no charge for attending this event.

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Work Programme event – Building Specialist Capacity

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