DWP takes forward work on development of a ‘Personal Support Package’ for disabled people and people with health conditions
Expressions of interest sought from local authorities to test ‘Local Supported Employment’.
The DWP is seeking expressions of interest from local authorities to test ‘Local Supported Employment’ as a contribution to the development of a ‘Personal Support Package’ for disabled people and people with health conditions.
In a ‘proof of concept’ document issued to councils in England, Scotland and Wales today, the DWP says –
‘The work, health and disability green paper: ‘Improving lives’ announced our new Personal Support Package (PSP). This package includes an enhanced menu of employment support for Jobcentres to draw from and focuses on how we can best provide employment support to disabled people and people with health conditions. Included within the green paper is the intention to undertake research and trials to better understand how we can support individuals to move closer to the labour market and into employment. The Local Supported Employment proof of concept is one measure of the PSP.’
The intention is for the proof of concept to run for an 18 month period from April 2017 to October 2018, with local authorities working with the DWP to jointly deliver employment support to individuals who –
- have a learning disability, autism, or a severe mental condition;
- are getting employment and support allowance or universal credit; and
- are either known to Adult Social Care or in contact with secondary mental health services.
For more information, see Local Supported Employment: expression of interest from gov.uk