Employment Sub Group Minutes 10.08.2011 by k966Xd

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									          Employment, Training & Education Sub-Group
                           Minutes
                     10th August 2011 at 10:00 – 11:30am
                           Farley Community Centre

Who came?
   Tracey Brennan – LBC                            Angela Amitrano – LBC - New
    Commissioning Manager (Chair)                    Horizons
   Roger Deards – Parent Carer                     Sarah Brown - LBC New Horizons
   Caroline Morgan – Job Centre Plus               Alan Fletcher - Luton Links
   Louise Peck-Cooper – Job Centre                 Kaz Allan – LBC Bramingham
    Plus                                            Janine Macey – LBC Bramingham
   Marilyn Orridge – Job Centre Plus               Nina Muurman – LBC Parent
   Allison Crampton - SEPT                          Partnership Officer
   Laura Oxley – LBC Adult Learning                Jane Cooke – LBC Transition
    Disability Team                                 Pauline Smith – St Alex LTD
   Diane Barton-Bates – Advocacy                   Minooe Beech –LBC Children
    Alliance                                         Services
   Kaleem Shafi – Advocacy Alliance                Lisa Burke - LBC New Horizons
   John Horan – Luton Rights                       Chanice Aebi - Morris – LBC
   Val Sheridan – LBC Commissioning                 (Minutes)
    Officer                                         Tereasa King – Luton Adult Ed
   Diane Walsh – LBC Commissioning
    Officer

Apologies:
Cheryl Daniels, Bridget Moffatt, Kathy Bocutt, Declan Carroll, Judith Batson, Linda
Ambrose, Barnfield Representatives & Ian Hillsden

   Minutes of the last meeting were reviewed.

What was discussed?
Review of subgroup

Although there is currently a ‘Terms of reference’ for the Emp.Training + Ed Subgroup,
the Partnership board is seeking approval to restructure. It was agreed therefore that
‘Day opportunities’ is to replace ‘EMP Training & ED’ to then also incorporate alternative
social activities, including New Horizons & Day Care.

Action Plan

To be updated & circulated to attendees by 17/08/2011 for comments back to Bridget
prior to executive on 25/08/2011.
LUDUN update – LUDUN was a sheltered workshop located in Dunstable, following its
closure, SHAW Trust took on the customers working there, however none of the Luton
residents have secured alternative employment. 6 have been referred on to New
Horizons by Job Centre Plus.

Jobs

In addition to the number of people with LD moving into employment (having increased
2% to 9%) currently the New Horizons service is still expanding to include the
development of skills in health & physical well-being; independent living & social
engagement. New Horizons is also working closely with several local social enterprises to
create employment opportunities for people with LD in Horticulture, Catering,
Warehouse Work + Retail.

Benefit system update

Louise Peck-Cooper – JCP, gave the group a brief overview of her services regarding the
process of the Incapacity Benefit Reassessment (attachment will be circulated). The work
choice program has key terms to try & get people in employment; in Oct 2010 there was
a trial was carried out in Lancaster & Ireland looking into capacity benefits - 1,700 cases
were reviewed with findings that:
 30% were found eligible to work
 32% did qualify for the ESA
 38% were found unfit to work
The reassessment process has reviews 11,000 people each week (global scale) sending
weekly letters until 2014. In 2008 patients were situated into 2 groups to help with work
focused interviews: - Support group (where the illness has a severe effect on the ability to
work long term) & Work related activity group (is where an eventual return to work is
achievable). The Luton team is based in Scotland, where they monitor weekly the
performance & progression.

Further to our meeting this morning please find below the links to the guidance around
permitted work for both Incapacity Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance.

Incapacity Benefit Customers
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjure
d/DG_10020667

Employment and Support Allowance
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjure
d/DG_171909

D.O. Next Meeting

Will be holding 4 meets a year, with a 7 week window for feedback to executive. The
date of the next meeting is 11th October 2011 – 09:30 til 12:00 held at Farley
Community Centre. A forward plan of meeting dates for 2012 will be given in the next
few weeks

								
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