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Public Sector Network Newsletter • December 2017
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Strategy seeks one million more disabled people in work by 2027

Ambitious plans aimed to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years have been set out by ministers.

‘Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability’ sets out how the government will work with employers, charities, healthcare providers and local authorities to break down employment barriers for disabled people and people with health conditions over the next 10 years. This will be delivered through in-work programmes, personalised financial and employment support, and specialist healthcare services to help more people go as far as their talents will take them.

The UK has near record high employment levels with over 32 million people in work, including 600,000 more disabled people in the last 4 years alone. However, ill health that keeps people out of work costs the economy an estimated £100 billion a year, including £7 billion in costs to the NHS. The government is committed to not only getting people into work, but helping them to remain and progress so they can reap the rewards of having a job...


Government awards councils new funding to transform local communities - 90% of councils are now part of a programme creating new jobs and releasing land for new homes. The government has announced that 90% of councils are now part of a programme that will create 44,000 new jobs and release land...

Nick Gibb: Importance of core knowledge sees return of textbooks - School Standards Minister speaks at a panel discussion at the Policy Exchange. Over the past 7 years, the school system has seen dramatic improvements...
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Accountability and transparency - Chris Skidmore MP, Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution) gave a written update on government accountability and transparency. Since 2010, the government has been at the forefront of opening up data to allow Parliament, the public and the media to hold public bodies to account. Such online transparency is crucial accountability for delivering the best value for money, to cutting waste and inefficiency, and to ensuring every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent in the best...

motorway£200 million funding boost for England’s roads - Funding will help fix potholes and improve the condition of roads. Road users will benefit from an investment of almost £200 million to help improve the condition of local roads up and down the country, Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced. This funding will go towards repairing almost 1 million potholes, and will also be used for highways maintenance, developing new technologies to improve highways resilience, and high quality cycle parks...
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