All of our working lives have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Millions of us are now working from home, on furlough, or dealing with additional stresses and challenges in our lives, all of which can have a negative effect on our mental health.
That’s why at Remploy, we’re here to make sure we’re offering you the right support during this difficult time.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, is available at no charge to anyone with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
Completely confidential, this service provides:
Tailored work-focused mental health support for nine months (currently delivered remotely)
Suitable coping strategies
A support plan
Advice on workplace adjustments at home, in an office, or other place of work
Coronavirus support for employers, benefit claimants and businesses Following announcements in the Budget, we are making temporary arrangements for those impacted by coronavirus. Please share this information with your members, frontline workers and clients. Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits is available on Understanding Universal Credit.
For people already claiming support Special arrangements will be in place for people in receipt of benefits who cannot attend reassessments or jobcentre appointments because they are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus. Claimants who cannot attend a reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit will continue to receive their payments while their assessment is rearranged. People who need to claim ESA or Universal Credit because of coronavirus will not be required to produce a Fit Note. When claimants tell us in good time that they are staying at home or that they have been diagnosed with coronavirus, they will not be sanctioned. We will review their conditionality requirements in their claimant commitment, to ensure they are reasonable. Claimants who are staying at home as a result of coronavirus will have their mandatory work search and work availability requirements removed to account for a period of sickness.
For people who need to make a new claim for financial support We understand people who are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus may need financial support. Those affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive an advance without physically attending a jobcentre.The seven waiting days for Employment and Support Allowance for new claimants suffering from coronavirus or required to stay at home will not apply, so it will be payable from day one.
Employees and self-employed people To make sure people in work can take the necessary time off to stay at home if they are suffering from coronavirus or to prevent its spread, changes have been made to Statutory Sick Pay and how Universal Credit supports self-employed claimants. People who cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness. We intend this measure to apply retrospectively from 13 March.Statutory Sick Pay will be payable to people who are staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected, this measure will apply from 13 March. Employers are urged to use their discretion about what evidence, if any, they ask for.If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get it from NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a Fit Note from their doctor. This is currently under development and will be made available soon. Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected.
Businesses The Government wants to ensure businesses are supported to deal with the temporary economic impacts of an outbreak of coronavirus. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because of coronavirus. This refund will be for up to two weeks per employee.
This week Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA CEO, met with the DWP and raised members’ concerns about the possible impact of the coronavirus on the sector.
Points raised were:
Ensuring government guidelines on COVID-19 do not damage businesses within the sector
Cash flow implications and the vulnerability of providers if contracts cannot be delivered
Ways to keep cash flowing into the sector
Performance and outcomes may be adversely affected, providers must not be penalised
Removing obligations of face to face meetings
Self-isolation and attendance of both staff and customers
Voluntary provision and people not attending/ participating
The role the sector will play in future economic recovery
The DWP stated their intent to release a statement on COVID-19 and Employment Support Delivery in the very near future that should address ERSA members’ concerns, explain contingencies, and should reassure.
DWP would like to invite you to complete a short survey designed to support the development of an exciting new service called the Employment Data Lab.
The Employment Data Lab will be a service provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and is designed to enable the evaluation of employment related interventions carried out by third party organisations, such as yours.
The survey asks for information about the people your organisation works with and the interventions you carry out in order to ensure that the service best meets the needs of you, its users. It should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and you have the option to keep your responses anonymous.
The survey is open until 31 May 2020.A link to the survey can be found here:
DWP call to run a project to deliver activities to support the leadership and management skills of women in SME businesses in the Leeds City Region LEP area.
Projects are sought which will support female participants within SMEs to develop the Leadership and Management Skills to support business growth and facilitate progression into management positions and business continuity where there are skills shortages.
Activities should concentrate on business productivity, skills needs and succession planning. Every business is different and training needs to be flexible to respond to these differing circumstances. Support should also be tailored and relevant to support women-owned and BAME owned businesses and to female and BAME employees.
It is also anticipated that the Leadership and Management skills provision will have a particular emphasis on future workforce planning and ensuring participation in the business from those from disadvantaged groups.
All activities must complement and avoid duplication with other provision, thereby adding value. Successful candidates will be required to ensure that ESF provision will clearly add value and not duplicate any provision that can be arranged locally through existing mainstream institutions.
The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP area.
Approximately £2m of ESF is available.
Full application deadline: 29 October 2019
Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.
Full Application Submission
To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.
Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.
If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.
It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.
The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.
If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.
The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.
If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact email@example.com. This address should not be used to request technical support.
The following is a news story published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Opportunities to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career if you’ve just finished your exams.
Whether you are looking to gain an extra qualification, go to university, get on-the-job experience or start your career, there are lots of exciting opportunities for your future. Find out more here.
On the Job Experience
Prepare for the world of work with a traineeship
Traineeships are available for 16 to 24 year olds and are an opportunity for you to gain real work experience, acquire new job skills and improve your English and maths, if you need to. They can last up to 6 months and can be tailored to help you get ready for a job or apprenticeship.
You can continue your studies after secondary school through a range of further education courses, available in different subjects at different levels – ranging from basic English and maths to Higher National Diplomas. Further education also includes technical and applied qualifications, which will provide you with skills and training to specialise in a specific technical job.
T Levels are brand new, 2-year courses designed with employers that will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. As the next step after GCSEs, they combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 3-month industry placement to give young people the technical skills, knowledge and experience needed to get a job in a skilled profession.
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Continue your studies in higher education
You can find and apply for most higher education courses online. If you don’t get a place on your chosen university course you can apply for other courses through Clearing.
Find out which courses have vacancies through UCAS from mid-August to late September.
Find a job with our careers portal
There are a range of great jobs available online, and we can help you find one through our dedicated jobs website.
Visit Find a Job to search based on location, sector, salary and more to find your perfect fit.
Learn about different careers through My Way In
My Way In shares stories and advice from people in work and employers in a range of different fields. You’ll find tips to help you broaden your experience and the number of jobs you have access to as well as information about the industries which are likely to have vacancies in the future.
Visit My Way In to find out more about jobs in sectors you may not know about.
Support vulnerable adults with a career in adult social care
Adult social care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common – a desire to help make a difference every day. If you’re the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then social care could be the career for you.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain skills and experience, and contribute to your community. There are lots of ways to get involved.
Visit Do-it.org, a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.
Learn new things and take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS)
NCS is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15 to 17 in England and Northern Ireland to discover who they are and what they can do. If you want to boost your UCAS statement or CV, meet incredible people, get your voice heard and have a lot of fun while you’re at it, then NCS is for you.
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