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The Cost Effectiveness of Employment Support for People with Disabilities

Final Detailed Research Report

Increasing the numbers of people in paid work who have mental health problems and/or who have a learning disability has been a policy priority for successive Governments2. As a result, it is part of the policy brief to both local Government and the NHS to ensure that people can access the support they need to obtain and retain employment. Whilst there is some acknowledged evidence about which particular forms of employment support are more likely to lead to people obtaining and retaining work, there is widespread (substantially anecdotal) concern that:

1) Many commissioners and those responsible for decision making about the delivery of employment supports are not using the evidence base to inform their decisions
as to what services to commission;
2) There is little evidence available and/or being used by commissioners about the cost-effectiveness of the employment supports that are being put in place; and
3) As a result, public money is potentially being spent, in difficult economic times, in ways that are not the most likely routes to the achievement of the policy priority of supporting more people into paid employment.