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London and Manchester to get £100m to help disabled people into employment

01 February 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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London and Manchester to get £100m to help disabled people into employment

The Government has announced that it is devolving new powers to London and Greater Manchester to help thousands more disabled people get into work.

In the last three years the number of disabled people in work increased by 600,000 yet, despite this, the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people is 32%.

DWP said the two cities will receive £100m - £72m to London and £28m to Greater Manchester. The funding is intended for the development, procurement and delivery of the new Work and Health Programme to fit the needs of their residents and allow for more tailored support based on local expertise to help disabled people into long-term employment.

Work and pensions secretary Damian Green said ‘This is a significant step to help thousands of disabled and vulnerable people get the support they need to move away from benefits and find lasting work. Good work has huge benefits for physical and mental health and we are committed to helping all those people who can work to find work.

‘By devolving powers we are sending our clearest message yet that we are serious about making changes for the better, and believe this can be found in the expertise of local providers who know their residents best.’

The Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the announcement and said it was a great example of bipartisan politics.

‘This is a great example of how we can put party politics aside and work closely with the national government ‎in the best interests of all Londoners,’ he said.

‘Delivering this programme at a local level will result in greater integration of employment support with other local services. This will lead to better outcomes for Londoners, with those who need support receiving it at the right time.’

Cllr Sean Anstee, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) lead member for skills and employment also welcomed the announcement.

‘In Greater Manchester we know that when we create local solutions to help people back in to work they are much more effective,’ he said.

‘Through intensive, tailored support from local key workers our Working Well programme has helped people right across our city-region get back in to the workplace.

‘These new devolved powers will help us expand Working Well and make a real difference to people’s lives. More people will now get the support they need to find a job and be successful in Greater Manchester.’


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