Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
At Number One:
The Government response to the Green Paper should commit to year-on-year progress towards the manifesto commitment. Regular reporting should include data on:
…which makes sense, given that a perennial problem in all matters relating to disability is the quantity and quality of data, and how it’s collated
At Number Three:
Government should commit to year on year improvement in the proportion of apprenticeships taken up by disabled people; with exemption from apprenticeship entry criteria extended from people with learning disabilities to all disabled people.
DRUK thus welcomes ‘the Government’s commitment following the Maynard Review to reducing barriers to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities’.
Paul Maynard MP and his Taskforce published its Independent Report in July 2016. It’s Introduction began as follows:
The government is committed to reaching 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020 and halving the disability employment gap.
Although participation rates for disabled apprentices have improved recently and more disabled people are employed than ever before, there is still work to be done in both areas. Employment rates for people with learning disabilities hover around 6.8% and the lifelong costs of economic activity are considerable.
As a result, in May 2016 a taskforce was commissioned by the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, and the Minister for Skills, Nick Boles MP, to explore access to apprenticeships for those with learning disabilities. Improving access to apprenticeships will allow more people with learning disabilities to benefit from the opportunities available through apprenticeships and work.
As others have noted, it has proved incredibly difficult to break that 6.8% barrier, but we live in hope…