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What ‘levers’ could best influence employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

London School of Economics report: Switching Focus (source Equality & Diversity Forum)

What ‘levers’ could best influence employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

This is one of the key questions which is explored in the November 2018 report from the London School of Economics which seeks to answer, whose responsibility is it to improve disabled people’s employment and pay?

The report finds:

    Disabled people’s policy agendas have changed since the financial crash of 2008. The agenda has shifted from largely positively framed campaigns, i.e., calling for “what we want” (full and equal participation, rights to independent living, accessibility, equality in education and employment) to a larger focus on “what we don’t want” (tightened eligibility for social care and social security, as well as benefit sanctions)
    Disabled people are over 60 times more likely than employers to face sanctions for noncompliance with requirements. In 2015-16, disabled people were sanctioned 69,570 times for missing appointments or infringing work related conditions of benefit payment, with resulting reductions in benefit
    Work-related requirements of disabled people, backed by sanctions, have been widely described as unfair because disabled people are sanctioned more than non-disabled people, resulting in financial hardship.

Read the full report (pdf).

British Institute of Human Rights training: A Human Rights Approach in Transforming Care Partnerships – 19 December 2018 (London)

Source Equality & Diversity Forum

Date: 19 December 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Manor Gardens Centre, 6-9 Manor Gardens, London, N7 6LA
Cost: Free

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is inviting health and social care teams to attend a training day on human rights within the Transforming Care programme. The training will cover how to use human rights in decision making, policy and practice to better support people with learning disabilites and/or autism.


BIHR are delighted to be offering this training which will provide a practical introduction to human rights, and how human rights can be used to secure positive change in Transforming Care Partnerships.

Places are limited to 25 – sign up now at BIHR’s website.

Brand new supported living service in Newham for adults with a learning disability


Please see the below from Outward Housing

I’m pleased to introduce Sebert Road, which is a brand new supported living servicein Newham for adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism. The property is a five bedroom mid terrace house in Forest Gate. We are open for referrals.


At Sebert Road, support is tailored to individual needs and therefore we offer 24 hour staff support from well trained staff with good knowledge of the local area and services.


For more detailed information on this exciting new scheme, please see the leaflet attached. To refer someone, please contact Rachael Day (Sebert Road Scheme Manager) on Alternatively contact Outward’s Business Development Team, on 020 8980 7101 or email on


Government pledges new Mental Health Act after review urges shift in balance of power from professionals to patients


For full story from Community Care click here

Read NSUNs response here

Two reports about the social prescribing pilots in Homerton Hospital

From Social Prescribing news

Here are  two new reports about the Social Prescribing pilot in Homerton Hospital, London. The Proactive Care team at Healthy London Partnerships commissioned Family Action to deliver this social prescribing service between Dec 2017-June 2018. There is a far more extensive evidence base for social prescribing in the GP/primary care space and so we hope this focus on secondary care will be welcomed and of real interest to wider NHS organisations nationally, as well as the research community.
The ‘How to Guide’ aims to practical advice to commissioners looking to develop social prescribing in secondary care and what an effective model looks like, and the evaluation report outlines the outcomes of the pilot with patient case studies and an indication of the wellbeing value of the service.

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