West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) Support for Young People with Disabilities

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


The council identified £20,000 in the current financial year for a supported employment service for young people with disabilities aged 16 to 25. National data shows that a high proportion of young people with disabilities are not in employment, education or training (NEET), even though many of these young people have the potential to be employed with the right support.

Young people who do not have any learning difficulties, but who have a physical or sensory impairment, can usually access support through the government's Access to Work scheme. This scheme can fund items of equipment, sign language interpreters etc. However, young people with other types of special educational needs, such as learning difficulties or autism, have more complex and ongoing support needs in the work place, which cannot be met through schemes such as Access to Work. Such young people may require a period of intensive job coaching to learn the tasks they need to perform in their job, as well as support to understand the social expectations of the workplace.

A supported employment service can help young people to gain employment, and to sustain it, and can be brought in by employers if problems arise to help prevent young people with disabilities from losing their employment. There are clear economic benefits to society if young people with disabilities can be supported to gain and sustain paid employment.

The £20,000 allocated by the council in this financial year has been combined with a £28,000 grant from central government to improve employment outcomes for young people with disabilities.  The grant can be carried forward to the 2016-17 financial year and may become recurring, although this is not yet known.


The proposal is to remove the council's £20,000 funding.

What do we think the impact will be?

Young people with disabilities who are over 18 and who meet the criteria for a service from Adult Services may be able to access supported employment services through Adult Social Care.

Young people who have SEN / disabilities and who do not qualify for a service from Adult Social Care will have the opportunity to access a supported employment service funded through the £28,000 central government grant, but this will be a much lower level of service than that which could have been provided with additional council funding.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

There is no other option for reducing this expenditure.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 12 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on  11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to continue to fund this service at the current level.

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