October 2011

The markers will help organisations involved in commissioning and delivering care and support- from councils to providers of in-home, residential or nursing care - to look at their current practice, identify areas that need improvement and develop plans for change.

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling, has released a statement about Employment and Support Allowance claimants and the Work Programme. BASE would like to remind members that customers in the support group can volunteer to join the Work Programme but cannot leave it once they have joined. This means that they could get caught up in any appllicable sanctions.

BASE Scotland has won the Scottish Government GO Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Award. The Scottish Governments GO Excellence in Public Procurment Awards took place this week at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow. Now in their fourth year, the Awards bring together the public, private and third sectors to celebrate outstanding successes in this critical area of public service delivery. The event attracted submissions from the UK and Europe. Around 400 guests attended.

Sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK seeks out and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur.

The 2011 competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK. Eligible businesses must have an annual turnover above £10,000 and have been trading for between one and five years.

Demos has produced a report about personalisation and the potential limitations of using personal budgets as a means of achieving it.

The Work Programme is at risk of ‘systemic failure’ unless some significant issues are addressed, a group of over 100 charity sub-contractors is warning today.

Only 8% of third sector subcontractors are confident that the Work Programme will hit its targets, a new survey by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) has found.

Breakthrough UK, which provides employment support for people with disabilities in Manchester will lose two-thirds of its £622,000 funding according to reports in the Manchester Evening News.

A wide range of public and voluntary services are affected by spending cuts imposede by the City Council. Manchester's Learning Disability Partnership and a range of mental health services are also affected.

Nottinghamshire County Council is to consult on changes to some of its subsidised trading services which provide supported employment for disabled people. Councillors will debate the proposals at Full Council on 22nd September.

SOVA are seeking to strengthen their service provision by developing a provider framework that includes oprganisations that are interested in developing innovative and open partnerships, and would like to work with SOVA to help transform the lives of those most in need.