June 2010

BASE was represented in round table discussions yesterday with DWP ministers Chris Grayling, Lord Freud and Maria Miller.

The Government has announced that it is to suspend the Work Focused Health Related Assessment (WFHRA) element of the Work Capability Assessment for 2 years from 19 July.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling has announced a series of reforms to the welfare system.

Progress towards teaching children to have positive attitudes towards disabled people has been slow and 'patchy', according to a new study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

DWP's Right to Bid initiative will cease with immediate effect. According to their website, DWP will not be undertaking any further work on bids that have been submitted under the Right to Bid initiative. Individual letters will be sent to each of the organisations involved. The Right to Bid mailbox will be closed down and no further correspondence will be dealt with through this route.


Our congratulations go to Rachel Perkins, Director of Quality Assurance and User Experience at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, who was awarded an OBE for services to mental health in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Rachel has long championed specialist employment services for people with mental health needs and authored Realising Ambitions, the review of employment support for people with a mental health condition.