Only about one in five of the disabled and other u

first_imgOnly about one in five of the disabled and other unemployed people receiving support from the government’s new work programme have so far secured a “job outcome”, according to official statistics.It is the first time the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released figures showing how successful its new Work and Health Programme (WHP) has been in securing paid jobs for disabled people and others seeking work.But the figures show that, for the 1,360 people who began to receive support through the programme in January 2018, after 13 months only 270 of them (or 19.9 per cent) had secured a job outcome (defined in most areas as 16 hours per week for 26 weeks at minimum wage, or six months in self-employment).Of the 2,840 people who started in February 2018, 470 have a job outcome after 12 months’ support (16.6 per cent).Despite the release of the “job outcome” statistics, the publication does not show how many disabled people have secured work through the programme.Under the Work and Health Programme, people are referred by jobcentres to receive support from organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, which are paid extra when that person achieves a job outcome.About four-fifths of those receiving support through the programme have been disabled people, since its roll-out across England and Wales began in November 2017.The other groups receiving support are those who are long-term unemployed – the only participants whose involvement is mandatory – and those DWP calls the “early access” group, which includes care leavers, carers, refugees, homeless people, survivors of domestic violence and ex-members of the armed services.In all, there have been 51,490 starts on the programme, with 3,140 job outcomes (a proportion of just 6.1 per cent), although this will rise as many participants have not been on the programme long enough to qualify as a successful employment outcome.Ken Butler, welfare rights and policy adviser for Disability Rights UK, said the job outcome rate did not appear to be “a notable success”.He added: “Given that the WHP is only accessible by three groups of claimants – the ‘disability group’, the ‘long-term unemployed group’ and the ‘early access group’ – it would seem daft for the DWP not to monitor how many from each group achieve job outcomes.“How else will it be able to see how well the WHP is performing for any or all of these groups?”The Work and Health Programme is part of the government’s Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, which has been criticised for its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.A DWP spokesperson said: “Our Work and Health Programme is part of our wider commitment to ensuring every disabled person who wants to work can do so.“The Work and Health Programme is targeted at individuals who face significant barriers to gaining employment – and need longer-term support – and therefore it is not surprising that at this stage in the programme the numbers achieving a job outcome are low. “Those starting the Work and Health Programme more recently have had a shorter time to achieve a job outcome and therefore it is not meaningful to divide job outcomes by the number of starts.“For example, the cohort of starts from December 2017 have only completed 14 of a possible 21 months of the programme.“As we investigate and quality assure our data we will release further breakdowns of our statistics where possible.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Good morning Mission Turn a Corner for Color

first_imgPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian StrüngmannPhoto by Fabian Strüngmann Right now it is 61° with a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block:  Capp to Cypress, 25th to 26th StreetsThere are only a handful of blocks left, so take a look at the map and let us know if you want to claim one of them.  We’re at  You can see a map of all of the blocks here.  0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

DEREK Traynor paid tribute to his sides guts foll

first_imgDEREK Traynor paid tribute to his side’s guts following their 22-10 loss to Wigan in the Academy Grand Final.“I thought our effort, determination and guts to keep digging in for each other was absolutely awesome but that 10 to 15 minute spell after half time left us with too much to do,” he said. “We gave away too many penalties and didn’t complete a set. It killed us really.“We handled everything they threw at us in the first half even though we were on the back foot. We got on top a little bit and when we got in good ball position we looked threatening but we didn’t spend enough time up there.“You could see Wigan had big game experience because of an older set of lads – but that is the way it goes. We had four top age kids and certainly missed Calvin Wellington and Regan Grace. We created space on the edges and they have the place to finish them off. That said, fair play to Wigan, our lads gave it everything and I couldn’t have asked for me.”He continued: “The side have done well this year and a large group will move through with us. Five of the bottom age will go to Australia and the likes of Olly Davies, Matty Fleming and another couple will move up.“It’s all about developing players though and we’ve had a few that have come through this year.“Morgan Knowles has had a taste and shows he has the potential to kick on. Olly and Matty Flem have been up there as has Ricky (Bailey) and he will get another.“There are others coming up behind and individually the players have improved too and that is what it is about.“I’d finally like to thank the fans who throughout have given us good support – they’ve come over to Hull with us and were here tonight. It’s a shame we couldn’t give them something to cheer about but it is very much appreciated.”last_img read more

A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors for this Friday

first_imgA SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors for this Friday’s Super League clash with Castleford Tigers.MATCH SPONSORS – Arthur J Gallagher We are pleased to welcome Arthur J Gallagher back to Langtree Park once again as our Match Sponsors.Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is one of the world’s largest full-service insurance brokers, and the largest third-party P&C claims administrator. They have sales and service operations in 31 countries and, through the Gallagher Global Alliance network of independent insurance brokers and consultants, offer client-service capabilities in more than 140 countries.To learn more about Arthur J Gallagher, why not visit their detailed website at or call Gary Brabander on 0151 702 7721.MATCH BALL SPONSORS – Pet Identity InsuranceThis week’s match ball sponsors are Pet Identity Insurance, who are proud to be with us in 2016 sponsoring not only this game but also Boots, and partner in providing services to our pet memberships.At Pet Identity they have your pet’s welfare in their heart. They understand what owning a pet means to people – the unconditional love and affection they show, the joy a family gets from their interactions and for them just to be there when no one else is.Pet Identity are a team who are pet lovers in both work and play. Founders Ian Gould and Michelle McHugh own a variety of pets including the new addition to the Saints family, “Treasure”.To learn more, visit their website at or call 0800 975 1960MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Warrington Audi We are proud to welcome back our season long matchday Programme Sponsors, Warrington Audi.Warrington Audi are part of the Jardine Motors Group and were a regular programme sponsor throughout 2015.Situated just off the Gemini Retail Park, they are committed to delivering an exceptional level of customer service, worthy of the Audi brand. Their experienced personnel will assist you wherever and whenever they can, as they strive to make your visit to their centre as enjoyable as possibleTo find out more why not visit them at Warrington Audi, Charon Way, Gemini Retail Park, Westbrook, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7YD.THIS WEEKS FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Harrwil Engineering Harrwil Engineering sponsor Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Harrwil engineering are based in Egremont, Cumbria, and are also proud sponsors of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for the 2016 season.Harrwil are a well experienced friendly company established by the late Wilf Harrison in 1995 after his 30 plus years in the industry. It has since been taken over by Kerry Harrison – Wilf’s daughter. The company employs local skilled labourers to produce machining services for the nuclear, oil, gas and construction industries.Over the years Harrwil Engineering has built a solid reputation within the sector; this is down to the dedication and hard work of its staff.Harrwil have a full accredited Quality System under BS EN ISO 9001-2008.To find out more about Harrwil Engineering visit their website at or call 01946 824 959.last_img read more

KYLE Amor and Jon Wilkin have put pen to paper on

first_imgKYLE Amor and Jon Wilkin have put pen to paper on new deals at the club.Kyle has signed a three-year extension whilst club captain Jon has agreed a two-year contract.Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham said: “I’m delighted that both players have agreed to stay at the club. They are integral to what we do here and provide leadership and professionalism to the younger players in the group.“Kyle is at the hub of our pack and is in his prime. He has been superb for us over the last couple of seasons and is one of our most consistent performers.“What I like about Kyle is he is keen to learn and develop and I’m sure if he continues to do that he will break onto the international scene.“Jon has been an important part of the Saints over the last 14 years and his leadership is second to none. He sets a superb example to all the players here and leads from the front on the field.“His attitude is first rate as his workrate and ability to adapt to whatever is thrown his way.”Kyle originally joined Saints from Wakefield Trinity in 2013.He has played 84 times for the club scoring 13 tries.The 29-year-old Grand Final winner has also appeared for Ireland and Cumbria.He said: “I’m really happy to commit myself to the club until 2020. It was an easy decision. Both my family and I are really happy in St Helens and we enjoy being here.“I now want to try and kick on and gain international recognition and I believe I am at the right place to do that.“This year’s squad is the strongest it has been over the last few years and I’m looking forward to getting started.”Jon Wilkin is one of the most experienced players in Super League and at the club.The club captain has played 363 times for the Saints and made 22 representative honours.He has won the Challenge Cup four times, been part of the 2006 and 2014 Championship winning sides and the successful 2007 World Club Challenge team.Jon added: “I have been part of this club for 14 seasons and I am delighted to stay here. It is a real honour to captain this team and help develop the next generation of leaders that are coming through.“I am excited about 2017 and what is on the horizon for this group.”last_img read more

High schools powerless against anthem protests coaches parents want players to act

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – There is one night between us and Friday night lights. Will this be a weekend of high school football looks like what we saw in the NFL last weekend, that’s on the minds of school systems.The NCHSAA commissioner tells us the Association will respect any one who chooses to stand or kneel during the anthem as their First Amendment right.- Advertisement – Below is the statement from commissioner Que Tucker;“The NCHSAA is aware that some individuals, be they players, coaches or officials, are exercising their rights under the First Amendment by kneeling during the National Anthem. At the NCHSAA, we are proud of our nation’s military and the men and women in many uniforms who serve under our colors. We also know that this act of speech is protected by the Constitution of our nation, a document containing the rights and freedoms that those men and women fought to preserve and defend. With that in mind, we respect each individual’s right to stand, kneel or otherwise exercise their rights under the First Amendment.”New Hanover and Bladen county school systems say they cannot prevent the protest, state law that does not address it.“In light of recent events across our nation regarding opposition to the Pledge of Allegiance and/or the National Anthem being recited/sung at athletic events, Bladen County Schools will follow The North Carolina General Statute 115C-47 and the ruling of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.The NCGS 115C-47 requires that school districts display the American and North Carolina flags in each classroom, when available, recite the Pledge on a daily basis, and provide instruction on the meaning and historical origin of the flag and the Pledge.  It also states that no student is compelled to recite or stand for the Pledge.”The above statement comes from Valerie Newton of the Bladen County schools system.Related Article: 5th Quarter watch list: 5 to watch in 2018Columbus and Brunswick County schools have no policies against kneeling either.On the administrative level,  kneeling or standing is free speech and they cannot make a student athlete do one or the other.“We just need to inform our kids on the right and wrong way to do things,” says Laney High School head coach Ashaad Yeoman.Coach Yeoman took part in a conference call with the school district Wednesday about the issue. He says if players do choose to do something it needs to be done right.“Everybody has got their right to do their own thing and we’re going to respect that, but just at the end of the day we just want to make sure that it’s respectful.”The fact is the players have the right, but the school does not want that to cause a problem. Warren Curtis’ son plays and he would not want him kneeling during the anthem.“I wish they wouldn’t do it, I wish we could all just understand each other’s points of views I really wish that could happen,” Curtis says.If he saw others do it he would not be upset.“Even if you are against that point of view, you should listen and understand it.”We did not hear from Whiteville City schools or Pender County schools on their policies for conduct when the national anthem is aired at an event.last_img read more

UPDATE Teen shot by mother dies

first_imgWILLARD, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County teen is dead days after being shot by his mother.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the 14-year-old boy from Willard was taken off life support Saturday.- Advertisement – Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a woman who had shot herself at a home in the 1600 block of Lake Road in Willard around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.When deputies arrived on the scene, they found two people with gunshot wounds. A teen, a 14-year-old male, was found with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Pender Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries.The mother of the teen, Jennifer Craig, was found dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.Related Article: Firefighters wash dead fish off I-40 after floodwaters recedeThe case is being investigated as a murder suicide.last_img read more

Vandals use miniexcavator to damage Parsley Elementary playground

first_img Assistant Superintendent Eddie Anderson said two modular classrooms at Parsley Elementary School are being installed. The contractor doing the work accidentally left the key inside a mini excavator.The vandals used the mini excavator to damage property. Anderson said they dug holes in the play field, damaged the playground, the fence and other items around the playground.Related Article: Man facing slew of drug charges following 2-month investigationThe district estimated the total damage to be between $20,000 to $30,000.Video surveillance has been collected and turned over to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson said the school system can not release this video because it is part of an ongoing investigation. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Caution tape surrounds the damaged playground at Parsley Elementary School. There’s a broken basketball goal, bent swings, and destroyed landscaping, all the aftermath of vandalism.The principal discovered the destruction Sunday morning at around 10:00 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ministry holds prayer circle for men at sea

first_img “We can share God’s love with them right here and that’s an exciting thing to do. For some of these men, this is the for time they’ve been not just to Wilmington, but to the United States,” said Henry Capillary, a chaplain with the center.The workers can spend as long as nine months at sea. Most of the workers on this ship came all the way from the Philippines. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ship workers from around the world make a stop at the Port City. One group works to make their stay a little more special while they are away from home.The Ministry International Seamen’s Center tries to bring every sailor a breath of fresh air when they visit. The group holds a prayer circle for every ship to give everyone an opportunity to relax, and to have meaningful conversations with each other.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Should we expect another aggressive flu season

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we slowly start to feel the chills of cold, fall weather, flu chances start to increase. Reports across the state are similar to last year, which was the worst season in over four decades.Last year, North Carolina saw 391 flu related deaths.- Advertisement – Promina Health Physician Brian Lanier says winter pushes people in closer proximity which can help to spread germs. He says the earlier you get the shot the longer you have the protection.“It’s important to protect ourselves individually from influenza, which is a horrible illness to get but its also really important to protect those people that would be more affected by the flu or people who cant be immunized against influenza,” said Lanier.He says it takes about two weeks for the body to get the full benefit of the vaccination so it is best to get it now.last_img read more