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DWP Touchbase: 23rd October 2020
October 26, 2020
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Roundup of recent DWP announcements  
 Financial support for businesses and workers increased 
This week the government announced changes to its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus. In recognition of the challenging times ahead, the Chancellor said he would be increasing support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes, and expanding business grants to support companies in high-alert level areas. For further information, please visit GOV.UK.  
Universal Credit regulation change for customers who are paid monthly 
DWP has amended Universal Credit for those who are paid monthly by their employer, and occasionally receive two payments from their employer in one month. DWP staff now have the ability to reallocate a second monthly payment from a customer’s employer into a different assessment period. This means that if, for example, people are paid early by their employer due to their regular monthly pay date falling on a weekend or bank holiday they won’t have two wages allocated to one assessment period. This change will come into effect on 16 November.  
Cold Weather Payment 
The Cold Weather Payment scheme is available from 1 November until 31 March. It provides people on certain benefits £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather and is paid automatically. Claimants receiving a qualifying benefit can check if their postcode has been triggered for a paymentFind out more
DWP Touchbase: 16 October 2020
October 19, 2020
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Employers joining the Kickstart Scheme 
As employers sign up for the new Kickstart Scheme, we’re sharing a video from Molinare TV and Film. Watch the video to find out how they are helping young people get a foothold in the creative sector through Kickstart. The Kickstart Scheme funds employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. Businesses applying for fewer than 30 positions over the lifetime of the scheme need to bid through a representative who will help them with their applications, ensure jobs are of good quality and young people receive the right support. Find out more   
Employment and Support Allowance updates Extension of Employment Support Allowance support for those impacted by COVID-19 
DWP has announced an extension of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those impacted by COVID-19. This means that ESA will remain available from day one to people with coronavirus or who have to self-isolate. Regulations, which came into effect on 13 March for those affected by COVID-19, have been extended for a further six months until 12 May 2021. The regulations remove the seven ESA waiting days, and treat claimants as having Limited Capability for Work without the requirement for fit notes or a Work Capability Assessment. This applies to both new style and legacy ESA new claims and ensures that support is provided as early as possible to those who are affected by coronavirus.  

Helping people follow the process for Employment Support Allowance applications 
When applying for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) it is really important people follow the right process so they get the correct benefit they are entitled to. There are 3 different types of ESA – ‘new style’, contributory and income-related. The type people get depends on their circumstances and it is important they check their eligibility on GOV.UK before making an application. When people have established which type of ESA they are eligible for they need to follow the correct application process as outlined on GOV.UK to make sure they get the money they are entitled to as smoothly as possible. Please share this information within your organisation and with your audiences and customers.   
 Job Support Scheme expanded 
The Job Support Scheme has been expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions Under this expanded scheme, the Government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months. Cash grants available for businesses required to close in local lockdowns, have also increased to up to £3,000 per month. Find out more  
Warm Home Discount Scheme 
Nearly a million pensioners across the UK will automatically receive £140 off their fuel bills as a result of government working closely with energy firms to cut their costs. The deduction, called the Warm Home Discount Scheme, will be taken automatically from energy bills before March 2021, with most pensioners receiving their discounts between now and January. Further information can be found on GOV.UK.  
Call for evidence on in-work progression 
DWP is calling for evidence that will help contribute to future policy on in-work progression. The new consultation is open until 20 November and is seeking views on challenges to progression in low pay sectors, benefits of progression to employers and localities, and examples of good practice across the country. To find out more or to take part, please visit GOV.UK.
DWP Touchbase: 9 October 2020
October 12, 2020
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A roundup of recent DWP announcements  
Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to COVID Restrictions 
The Chancellor has announced that the government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Find out more 
New employment programme launched 
This week DWP has launched Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS), a new programme that will provide employment support for those out of work for three months. Those put forward for the scheme by their Work Coach, will have access to tailored, flexible support to help them quickly get back into employment. The new programme will offer a range of help, including specialist advice on moving into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching. This will give jobseekers the boost they need to return to employment supported by an action plan agreed with their Work Coach, peer support and opportunities to build their skills. JETS will provide employment support to Universal Credit claimants in the all work related requirements group and New Style Jobseekers Allowance claimants who have been unemployed for at least 13 weeks. More information can be found at GOV.UK.  
Local employers join Kickstart 
Suffolk Libraries has become a Kickstart Scheme Gateway, supporting local employers in the area to take advantage of the new scheme creating job placements for young people. In this short clip you can find out why they joined the Kickstart Scheme. Any organisation can apply to become a Kickstart Scheme Gateway, including businesses, local authorities, trade bodies, Chambers of Commerce and charities. The Kickstart Scheme funds employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. Businesses applying for fewer than 30 positions over the lifetime of the scheme need to bid through a representative who will help them with their applications, ensure jobs are of a good quality and make sure that young people receive the right support. Find out more  
Green Homes Grant 
Applications are now open for the Green Homes Grant scheme. The scheme will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation. Some homeowners on income-based or disability benefits may be eligible for vouchers covering the full cost of improvement, up to £10,000.   
 Materials are available to share with homeowners and tradespeople.
Covid-19: Government Launches £238m Scheme for Jobseekers

Jobseekers will be offered coaching and advice on moving into “growing sectors” as part of a £238m employment programme, the government has said.

Job Entry Targeted Support is aimed at helping those out of work because of Covid-19 for three months.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said it would give people “the helping hand they need”.

But Labour said the scheme “offers very little new support” and it was “too little too late”.

Last month, official figures showed that the UK unemployment rate had risen to its highest level for two years, with young people particularly hard hit.

The Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) scheme will “boost the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain”, Ms Coffey said.

The Department for Work and Pensions says it is recruiting an additional 13,500 “work coaches” to help deliver the new scheme. 

Speaking to the BBC, Ms Coffey said JETS is aimed more at helping “adults beyond the age of 25” learn how their skills “can be used in different parts of the economy” – and she cited construction and care as examples of growing sectors. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme would “provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, to ensure that nobody is left without hope”.

“Our unprecedented support has protected millions of livelihoods and businesses since the start of the pandemic, but I’ve always been clear that we can’t save every job,” he said.

“I’ve spoken about the damaging effects of being out of work, but through JETS we will provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, to ensure that nobody is left without hope.”

However, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, said: “By the government’s own admission at least four million people could lose their jobs during the crisis. All it can muster in response are piecemeal schemes and meaningless slogans.

“This new scheme offers very little new support and relies on already overstretched work coaches on the ground, while many of the new work coaches promised have yet to materialise.

“It’s too little too late again from a government that simply can’t get a grip on this jobs crisis.” 

‘Difficult trade-offs’

Mr Sunak is due to address the Conservative Party Conference later, saying the government has been faced with “difficult trade-offs and decisions” during the coronavirus pandemic.

He will say that while he cannot protect every job, “the pain of knowing it only grows with each passing day”.

Mr Sunak will say his “single priority” as chancellor is “to create support and extend opportunity to as many people as I can”. 

“We will not let talent wither, or waste, we will help all who want it, find new opportunity and develop new skills,” he is expected to say.

In an interview with the Sun ahead of his speech, Mr Sunak also defended his Eat Out to Help Out scheme after suggestions it may have helped fuel the second wave of coronavirus cases.

The chancellor said the scheme had helped prop-up two million jobs and that he had no regrets about paying for it.

Mr Sunak also strongly pushed back on the idea of further lockdowns, which he said would be detrimental not just to the economy but to society as well. 

“Lockdowns obviously have a very strong economic impact, but they have an impact on many other things,” he said.

On the 22:00 curfew on pubs and restaurants, Mr Sunak said ministers were implementing such rules “to try and nip this in the bud”, but he acknowledged it was “frustrating”. 

“Everyone is very frustrated and exhausted and tired about all of this,” he told the paper.

Labour’s shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said her party had urged Mr Sunak to introduce a wage support scheme that incentivised employers to keep more staff on, but “he ignored these calls and now nearly a million jobs are at risk when the furlough scheme ends in a few weeks’ time”.

“When he speaks at Conservative Party Conference, Rishi Sunak must promise to get a grip of the jobs crisis before it’s too late,” she said.

“If he doesn’t, Britain risks an unemployment crisis greater than we have seen in decades – and Rishi Sunak’s name will be all over it.”

DWP’s CAEHRS Framework
October 6, 2020
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In total the DWP received submissions from 61 organisations with a total of 171 compliant submissions across the 7 regional lots.

Overall, this has resulted in a total of 28 organisations being awarded a place on CAEHRS, 21 of which have multiple places and 7 have single awards.

As set out during this competition the design of CAEHRS allows the department to offer further places they become available. The department does not currently have any plans to undertake further activity at this time but will formally notify the market as appropriate.

Those that have been unsuccessful on this occasion are able to bid for future opportunities on CAEHRS.


In total there are 28 successful Suppliers across the 7 regional lots.


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The £2bn Kickstart Scheme Opens

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme launched on 2nd September 2020 and is now open to any employer.

The DWP has produced A Guide for Employers and there is a page for young people on the jobhelp website here.

Some key details:

  • On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
  • Applications are for minimum 30 job placements. Employers can partner with other orgs to reach the minimum number.
  • If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the #Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly here https://www.apply-kickstart-grant-employer.service.gov.uk
  • If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you must partner with others which could include:
    • similar employers
    • local authorities
    • trade bodies
    • registered charities

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support associated admin costs. More information about being a representative is here


The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

Employers of all sizes looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply. Through the scheme, all organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors will be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.

The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job – paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

Tracy Fishwick, Managing Director at Transform Lives Company, said:

“This is a very significant intervention in the labour market. It provides the opportunity to support the life chances of hundreds of thousands of young people who otherwise may be scarred by long-term unemployment.

“The best of Kickstart will ensure the investment works as hard as it can for a good and fair economy, that it works for the young people who need it the most and that it prevents short-term, low quality, cheap labour”.

Sam Windett, Director of Policy at Impetus and Chair of the Youth Employment Group says: 

“Young people have been hit hardest in the jobs market, with nearly one in seven in the benefit count and youth unemployment due to rise further as furlough unwinds.

“As the government’s Kickstart scheme launches, it’s “job starting” not “job done”.

“Employers, intermediaries and jobcentres have to get this right to ensure there are quality opportunities for the young people who need them.”

Read an article in FE NEWS ‘Kickstart Scheme Opens – New £2bn scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for young people’ here. 

You can find further information on the Kickstart Scheme at www.gov.uk/kickstart

Delay to Start of KICKSTART Scheme

BY  AMY COLES

KICKSTART SCHEME

THOUSANDS of job hunters applying for the government’s flagship scheme to help young workers have been left in limbo as employers are told to pull ads.

In July Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the £2billion Kickstart scheme, aimed at getting hundreds of thousands of unemployed 16-24-year-olds into work.

Under the scheme the government will subsidise the wage costs for young people claiming Universal Credit who are hired by employers for six-month work placements.

Employers should have been able to apply for the scheme this month but now some have been told to stop advertising jobs until a start date is confirmed.

Some recruitment sites say they have removed adverts and slam the government for not giving employers a date for when they can apply, reports This is Money.

Charlie Johnson, CEO of graduate recruitment firm Brighter Box, told the Sun they’ve been inundated with requests from job applicants.

He said: “We wrote a quick overview of what we knew about the scheme for our website and were subsequently inundated with loads of requests for further information.

“I’ve spoken with several employers who are hoping to take advantage of the scheme – some of whom are looking to hire tens of sales people on a 25 hour per week basis (i.e. the amount that the government will be funding these positions).  

“But we haven’t run with any of the twenty or so requests we’ve had so far to advertise roles as companies are awaiting further news”

Kickstart was announced as part of an emergency package to try and limit the unemployment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Resolution Foundation has forecast the scheme will help find jobs for around 350,000 youngsters in that age group.

A DWP spokesperson said:

“It’s fantastic that so many employers, like Tesco, already want to sign up to our £2 billion Kickstart scheme, and we’ll be publishing further details on how they can shortly.

“Until then, we urge employers to be patient and to not start advertising roles they want to be covered by the scheme just yet – there’s no cap on Kickstart places available, so no-one will miss out.”

Dire forecasts from experts have predicted more than a million youngsters will be out of work this year.

Think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research said 410,000 18 to 24-year-olds were already jobless.

And it forecast 620,000 more would be out of work in the next six months.

Meanwhile, unemployment as a whole could treble to reach three million, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has predicted.

The predicted 1.03million total would be the highest since comparable records began in 1992.

The scheme will cover 100 per cent of the minimum wage for a maximum of 25 hours a week — with firms able to top up wages.

For example, young people between 21 and 24 years old on minimum wage currently earn £8.20 an hour, working out as £205 for 25 hours.

It comes as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that the unemployment rate could reach 15 per cent if a second virus wave hits.

Roughly 9.3million workers in the UK have been furloughed due to the pandemic.

Wise Ability Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

WISE Ability is an UK charity founded by Australian not-for-profit organisation, WISE Employment, in 2008. We are focused on reducing inequalities and improving the lives of the most vulnerable participants in the community. We are a dynamic, innovative, and growing charitable organisation with established offices and teams across England.

WISE Ability are now bidding for the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) for the North East, Central and South, along with many other exciting opportunities.

We want to hear from you and begin a conversation about how we can work together to provide the ultimate experience to the customers we serve. We understand that this is a highly pressurised time and organisations are required to provide a huge amount of information in the process of developing new partnerships. WISE Ability wants to ensure that every organisation has both the time and the resource to tell us about the fantastic work that they do and so the first part of our journey is extremely easy to undertake.

Below you will find a link with a short survey which will take under 5 minutes to complete. The survey will indicate to us that you wish to learn more about WISE Ability and potentially partner with us in future opportunities. Your information will enable us to gather the specific information needed at the appropriate time.

WISE Ability are a collaborative and a supportive organisation who wish to form long lasting partnerships with our supply chains and we look forward to hearing from you.

The closing date is Friday 24th July 2020 at 5:00 pm

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PartnerwithWISEAbility

Mainstream Group Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Mainstream Group has been trading since 1997.  Our main activities are; funded training, commercial training, contract training and temporary employment business.  At Mainstream Group, we pride ourselves on our practical approach to training, giving participants the knowledge and hands on skills they need to succeed in their chosen to career.

Mainstream Group Ltd is bidding for DWP’s Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS), which will be the primary vehicle through which DWP will issue future contracting opportunities to provide employment and health related support services to people who are unemployed and people with disabilities, health conditions or other barriers to work, for the next 5 years.

We are seeking initial expressions of interest (EOI) from suppliers who can work with us to deliver potential future CAEHRS call-off contracts in the London and Home Counties and Southern England LOTS.

CAEHRS providers will be required to deliver a range of different types of services and support. In delivering this service, CAEHRS providers will need to continuously improve delivery, test new approaches and develop the approach to ensure the most effective delivery. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Providing support for individuals to select, train for, progress toward, obtain and retain employment and self-employment.
     
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to employment for a broad range of individuals with differing and potentially very individual needs. Including but not limited to; Disabilities and Health conditions, Youth and NEET, Long Term Unemployed, Disadvantaged; Ex-offenders and those exiting prison, Self-employment and those interested, and progression in work for UC Claimants.
     
  • Any combination of, but not limited to, providing Face to Face, outreach and Digital services to support the individual’s circumstances and requirements of the provision.

Please see here for further details of how to apply, applications must be received no later than 9.30am Monday 20th July 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5BWMGYW

If you have any questions or difficulties completing this form please contact us at development@recruitandtrain.com

Adecco Working Ventures Call for Supply Chain Partners for DWP CAEHRS

Press Release: We are delighted to announce the launch of Adecco Working Ventures, a joint venture between The Adecco Group UK and Ireland – one of the world’s largest human services firms, and leading vocational training provider Corndel.

Our mission is to support 100,000 unemployed people a year into good, lasting jobs across the UK.

Adecco Working Ventures will be bidding to secure a place as a Tier 1 Supplier on the Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Together the joint venture brings together global expertise in finding people jobs, national scale, a network of local offices, scalable technology, digital job search and a leading employment-focused training offer. Both organisations are committed to getting the UK back to work. 

If you are interested in partnering with us either register your interest here, or join one of our online events next week, hosted by Sean Williams FIEP, CEO of Corndel and Sandeep Bhandal, Executive Vice President, Sales, Solutions and Strategy at the Adecco Group.

Online event Tuesday 21 July, 2pm: Register here
Online event Wednesday 22 July, 2pm: Register here
Online event Friday 24 July, 2pm: Register here

Sean Williams FIEP, Chief Executive at Corndel said, “I have spent most of my working life helping unemployed people to find work. The scale of the unemployment challenge facing the UK requires new ideas, new partnerships and a new scale of ambition. I am absolutely delighted that Corndel is joining forces with the Adecco Group UK and Ireland – one of the leading HR solutions firms in the world – to help meet that challenge. We aim to support 100,000 unemployed people a year into great jobs through our partnership.”

Alex Fleming, Country Head, the Adecco Group UK and Ireland said, “I am passionate about our purpose to make the Future Work for everyone, providing people with access to work opportunities and now so more than ever in light of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the labour market. The Adecco Group UK and Ireland is in a privileged position as we can help those who have found themselves unemployed as result of the pandemic. By working with Corndel, we are partnering with an organisation that is at the cutting edge of providing work-related training and re-skilling. This combined with the Adecco Group UK and Ireland’s scale, client relationships and technology means that our partnership creates a powerful vehicle to help hundreds of thousands of people access new opportunities.”

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of IEP said, “The IEP is excited about working with this new venture formed between Corndel and The Adecco Group UK and Ireland and we look forward to supporting a number of interesting sector projects over the coming months and years. We have been grateful for the support of Sean Williams FIEP, as a Fellow of the IEP, over the last few years and feel this is a very natural step in our relationship, one of mutual benefit as Adecco Working Ventures becomes a Corporate Affiliate Partner of the IEP.”

Find out more www.adeccoworkingventures.com
Or contact George Selmer: George.selmer@adeccoworkingventures.com