June 2008

The Local Government Association has produced a report, "The Integration Gap". Building on their previous document, "Prosperous Communities: Vive la devolution", the LGA is now making the economic and customer-based case for a significant devolution of decision-making and funding for both employment support and adult skills to local agencies working together in sub-regional partnerships.

The Disability Employment Advisory Committee is seeking applications for potential membership of the committee for a three year term. DEAC provides Ministers and government policy makers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with strategic advice on disability employment issues. The closing date for applications is 17 July 2008. More...

BASE has been invited to join a new ‘third sector’ taskforce announced by James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Stephen Bubb Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. The Task Force aims to strengthen third sector involvement in delivering the Government’s radical welfare to work reforms. Chaired by Tony Hawkhead, the Chief Executive of Groundwork UK, the taskforce will report directly to James Purnell and Employment and Welfare Minister, Stephen Timms, and produce a report in early 2009.

DWP has launched a public information film designed to challenge employer assumptions about mental health. The film - directed by Bharat Nalluri, director of TV dramas Hustle, Spooks and Life on Mars, and including a voiceover by actor Philip Glenister from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes – will air across national television over the coming months.