June 2011

Australia has more than a decade of experience in contracting out employment services. This research, conducted by Dan Finn, summarises that experience, and identifies design and implementation lessons for the British context.

DWP has published a report that considers the impact of the commissioning principles from a provider perspective by examining the welfare to work market in Great Britain during live running of flexible new deal.

The June edition of our newsletter is now available for members to download.

Warwickshire County Council are inviting individuals and organisations to tender to deliver work around employer engagement.

Our congratulations go to Robert Elston who has just been elected as a Vice-President of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE). He was elected at the EUSE annual conference last week. Robert is currently Chief Executive of Status Employment and Treasurer of BASE.

Conservative MP, Phillip Davies, has suggested in the Commons that disabled people should be able to work at pay rates less than the national minimum wage of £5.93 per hour.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has launched a new online resource offering information and guidance about returning to work after a period of mental ill-health.

A third of all people eligible for social care support are now receiving a personal budget, with half of those received by people over the age of 65, an ADASS survey of 153 English councils has found.

BASE's next South West network meeting has been rearranged. The next meeting will now take place at Brandon Trust's offices in Patcham, Bristol on 21 July.

Inclusion has released a report entitled, Opening up employment for all: the role of assessment in the Work Programme.