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Thank you to all those that joined us on our Member Day, 27th January

Over 25 GUAC members came together last week for our latest members’ day, to hear the latest news and updates from across the housing and employment sectors.

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) officials outlined their roadmap and plans for supporting more people with disabilities into work, and how their work will develop over the coming months. Their session allowed members the opportunity to feed into the current Green Paper on the issue, which is currently accepting submissions (more details of how to submit a response directly, below).

Commenting afterwards, Ian Simpson, GUAC chair said "Housing organisations have a vital part to play in developing and improving employment policy. These types of sessions with the DWP provide our members with real access and influence, to better shape the work of the department. Thanks to all those who got involved”

Members also heard the latest news from the Work and Health Programme, and an update on where some GUAC members now are in their plans for contracting and delivery.

DWP Green paper submission

The Department for Work and Pensions are seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

To feed into the GUAC submission, and to help shape the future employment support programmes for your disabled residents,  take a look at the questions the department are asking here, and submit your views and thoughts to Lynsey Boother by email, by 6 February.

Alternatively, you can submit your views directly, via the online survey here, on the DWP website. Make sure you complete the survey by 17th February 2017, 11:45pm.

Chair Ian Simpson talks Brexit

Last week, GUAC Chair, Ian Simpson, considered the Brexit issue whilst speaking at the NHF Welfare Reform conference.

Ian spoke of the opportunities that Brexit could offer in employment and skills, plus some of the challenges, and how housing organisations have a real opportunity to help influence the design, planning and delivery of meaningful employment programmes for the future.

You can read Ian’s follow up blog on the NHF website here, and a separate feature in 24Housing magazine here.

Communication and engagement visits with members

Over the coming months, we’ll be visiting members’ offices and sites across the country, as part of a wider programme to help support and improve the PR and publicity your employment and support work receives, using the GUAC platforms.

In the next few weeks, we have meetings scheduled across the country, in Oldham, Hampshire, Birmingham and Somerset, and we look forward to seeing even more of you over the coming months, as we work with you to help raise the profile of your work.

To book in a GUAC Comms/PR visit to your area, get in touch via info@giveusachance.co.uk

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