UK Profile. Dr Stephen FRY. England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland – also called Ulster Each Kingdom is divided into: Counties Districts Cities Towns Villages / Parishes. UK National Parliament Scottish Parliament Welsh Assembly Northern Ireland Assembly (suspended)
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Dr Stephen FRY
Northern Ireland – also called Ulster
Each Kingdom is divided into:
Villages / Parishes
UK National Parliament
Northern Ireland Assembly (suspended)
English Regional Assemblies (proposed)
Scottish RDA (1)
Welsh RDA (1)
NI RDA (1)
English RDAs (5)What is the UK
33% of all UK GDP is generated in one English region – The South East
At 31 March 2003 157,000 people were registered blind (decrease of 1,100 March 2000)
At 31 March 2003 155,000 people were registered partially sighted (an increase of 6,500 since March 2000)
25% of all registered blind people who had an additional disability were recorded as deaf or with a hearing impairment
23% of all registered partially sighted people who had an additional disability were deaf or had a hearing impairment.Visually and Aurally Impaired - England
Employment rate for people of working age was 74.8% for three months ending Nov 2004
The unemployment rate was 4.7%, unchanged on the previous quarter, although the trend continues to fall.
The number of unemployed people increased by 13,000, to reach 1.40 million.
The inactivity rate for people of working age was 21.4%Labour Market
Both Aurally and Visually impaired have figures hidden within UK statistics.
Unclear if they unemployed – those unemployed appear within the 21.4% of non-active labour market.
They would claim a range of benefits that are not counted within the unemployed statistic
Employment opportunity is protected under legislations – EO and DDA
Unemployment benefits stop at 60/65 years old (soon raising to 70) – retirement pensions and other types of benefit kick in
UK Government is attempting to reduce the levels of recipients of incapacity benefits and push into work
Large number of distributive sector employers offering flexible hours opportunity for “grey hairs of experience”
Service sector and self employed also have high levels of +60sEmployment Opportunity forTarget Group
Aural Impairment within UK statistics.
No specific funding provision
Visual text based e-learning (mostly in English)
No specific funding provision
ICT adjustment through e-learning to support partially sighted
Seniors (over 60)
Recent removal of additional subsidies supporting AE for elderly access (silver surfing)
Funding provision the same as catch all provision under LSC guidelines.
Some separate FE provision (local and scattered) for chalk and talk opportunity
Growth in private sector enterprise “U3A”Learning Provision for Target Group
Target groups can be supported through ability net
Target groups can be supported through current ESF Key Actions
Access to learning within UK statistics.
Access to upskilling for work – competence based
Access learning support software
Access through DDA
Pre-comparator to H&S requirements
Removal of Incapacity Benefit as route to not working
Fiscal support to employers
Access to target support groups
Continued removal of barriers to learning and workUK Needs Analysis
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