Supplementary memorandum submitted by
Status Employment after the publication of the Welfare Reform
This Response was done in conjunction with Status
Employment Focus Group which offers a wide representation of our
Status Employment is a charity helping those
people further away from the labour market. Whilst we welcome
the proposal of offering a more work-focused benefit we have a
concern that it could create a two-tier system. Over 70% of the
candidates who use Status employment would fall into section 21
page 6. Yet we have been incredibly successful at moving this
client group into employment as well as into social inclusion.
Currently the major challenge is that 70% of our funding for this
candidate group is non-mainstream as they do not fit into the
current target culture that is expected by mainstream funders.
The current length of time for our candidates to find employment
is 11 months and then comprehensive support is then offered to
help sustainability. We believe this type of intervention can
often be cheaper than the person constantly using other medical
services. It is vital within these proposals that funding and
programmes either with the DWP or with partnership with the DOH
are identified so that these candidates can be included in society.
Whilst Status Employment welcomes the idea of
employment consultants working with GPs we also feel that GPs
should not be coerced into sending patients there as this could
jeopardise the doctor patient relationship.
Status Employment would like to see some proper
linkage with the DTI to see how employers would fit into the equation.
We have a concern that there it is yet again an expectation that
the public services will provide the jobs. This is also stated
in the Valuing People Learning Disability White Paper but has
not come to fruition. Status Employment still only gains less
than 5% of its jobs from public services.
Status Employment would like to make sure that
quality provision that takes into account comprehensive support
packages will be offered to candidates wishing to gain employment
and that the Government properly consult with BASE (British Association
of Supported Employment) as many of its members work with a large
proportion of candidates wishing to find work but unable to access
current DWP provision.