Hope that you and yours had a fabulous break and that you, like me, are excited about the challenges and opportunities of 2014.
This year marks 8 years of blogging (I still have reservations about this term) on matters related to the employment of people with disability and we have made some great progress in that time. However, I think we can still make some improvements and so I do have some New Year’s Resolutions that I would like to share:
1. Hours of employment.
NOVA is required to achieve a minimum number of hours of employment before work found is counted by our funders towards our achievements. In the present system ‘work’ may be as low as 8hrs (for people in receipt of the DSP) and this low target has resulted in ‘gaming’ practices that include buying jobs that don’t really exist and skimming results (and profits) out of the process.
Read back through the blog and you will see that I have been a consistent critic (along with others) of the very negative effects this practice has on real participation and financial independence.
From 1st January 2014 no placement that is less than 15hrs a week counts toward staff key performance indicators.
2. Use of subsidies.
NOVA is encouraged to use and criticised for not using government incentives. A review of this blog will show my viewpoint and identify key research on the negative effects of subsidy use. Prior to the last few contracts employment began at the end of subsidy – In other words if you used a 6 month subsidy and the person lost their job at (say) 29 weeks you got to count 3 weeks employment (29 – 26 weeks (six months) = 3 weeks
From 1st January 2014 for internal recognition of achievements, weeks worked post subsidy will be used in determining results.
While there will be more improvements in the services we deliver these 2 simple resolutions will significantly improve the quality and value of the services on offer.
I know that this blog gets read by our ‘betters’ – how about introducing these 2 measures across the board? You’ll find >15 heavily endorsed by people like the late Marc Gold and that the IPS model links post subsidy employment to genuine quality.
Let’s get serious about improvement and quit the ‘gaming’ game!
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