November 2009

BASE has signalled its support for the new customer charter, Our Shared Promise on Customer Care, launched by Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform, on 25 November.

This report considers the New York experience through the findings of a study team comprising officials from the DWP and researchers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

New research from the Social Enterprise Coalition reveals that social enterprises are bucking all the trends, with over half having increased their annual turn-over since the start of the recession.

A third of the 18,000 people with autism in Wales have no job and no benefits and are forced to rely on family and friends, says the National Autistic Society Cymru.

DWP is to carry out new validation checks from 16 November 2009 following public concern around payments made to suppliers of contracted employment provision.

Frontline third sector organisations can benefit from improved facilities at local resource centres across England, thanks to £2m of capital investment from the Office of the Third Sector, delivered by Capacitybuilders. The new round of small awards from Capacitybuilders’ Capital Investment Programme is now open for online applications. Capacitybuilders will award small capital grants of up to £30,000 to local resource centres enabling them to respond to the recession.

The ‘From Care2Work’ programme means that all care leavers are now given a guaranteed opportunity to get training, mentoring and access to jobs.

A report by the Mental Health Network, London School of Economics, NHS Confederation and Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for increased investment in mental health employment support, a focus on research, tackling stigma and greater use of individual placement support. The report calls for a longer term approach to improving support while suggesting areas for efficiency gains.


Improvement East in partnership with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), is inviting expressions of interest from local (or sub-regional, ie. cross local authority boundary) partnerships to help improve local capacity and capability to deliver employment and skills provision.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has announced nine new Centres of Excellence in supporting people who use mental health services into employment.