|Review of Post-18 Education and Funding: Call for Evidence: The government is conducting a major review of post-18 education and funding to ensure a joined-up system that works for everyone, including that it is accessible to all. The consultation closes 2 May 2018. Read more
Returners Fund: A grant programme of £1.5million is available for organisations to run projects aimed at creating new job opportunities for returners. A ‘returner’ is a person who left paid employment for at least a year to take on a caring responsibility and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience. Expressions of interest for the first round of bidding must be submitted by 30th March 2018.
London Work and Health Programme: The London Work and Health Programme’s aim is to support disabled people, early access priority groups and the long term unemployed in to work. It will support 50-55,000 people over five years.
Apprenticeship information for Unions from Unionlearn: These are:
- A guide for trade union activists on bargaining for accessible Apprenticeships for disabled workers.
- A leaflet people wanting to do an apprenticeship.
- An Apprenticeships Toolkit for union officers, union representatives and union learning reps who are negotiating with employers on apprenticeships or who are approaching an employer to discuss the possibility of taking on apprentices.
Court of Appeal limits tribunals powers of benefits redress in human rights cases: Secretary of State for Work And Pensions v Carmichael & Anor  EWCA Civ 548 prevents a tribunal from devising solutions to Convention violations outside of the law governing the benefit in question. This will force claimants to appeal to higher courts instead. The ruling has implications for employment and immigration tribunals. Read more
UC rollout in Wales pushed back: The Department for Work and Pensions has pushed back the rollout of Universal Credit in 13 Welsh local authority areas from this summer to December to ensure jobcentres frequented by the highest number of Welsh speakers are able to communicate fully in Welsh with the department once Universal Credit is in place. Read more
Working with an impairment or condition: Scope are carrying out some research to understand more about people’s experiences of working while managing a long term condition or an impairment. As part of this, they are holding a focus group at Scope’s London offices on Tuesday 3 April from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Participants will receive a £25 amazon gift voucher as a thank you for their time. Find out more
Step Up report published: Step Up was a pilot initiative trialling new approaches to help low-paid workers progress in their careers and move into better work. The report describes the delivery of Step Up and the outcomes achieved and draws out key lessons for the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of future support, including how to recruit and engage low-paid works; delivering support effectively; engaging with employers and connecting people to better jobs; designing outcome measures for in-work progression; and evaluating impact.
Transport for London Taxi Fares and Tariffs Consultation: TFL are seeking views on a number of proposals including:
- Changes to taxi fares and tariffs in London
- Changes to the Cost Index
- Updating the card payment requirements for taxi drivers
- Fixed fare, capped fare and shared taxi arrangements
Closes 27 Apr 2018. Go to consultation
Newcastle Welfare Rights publish two new UC resources: Clive Davis from Newcastle Welfare Rights (Newcastle City Council) would like to let you know about two new UC resources you may be interested in. These are an ‘Introduction to Universal Credit’ e-learning module, and a recently updated table listing the circumstances that would trigger a claim for UC – or not. Read more
Inclusion Scotland have 5 internship vacancies for disabled people: Inclusion Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to create internship opportunities for disabled people in Scotland. These internships give valuable paid work experience to help disabled people develop their careers. View vacancies at the bottom of the page