May 2012

SERCO and NCVO are working together to produce a code to promote good practice and co-operative working between the private sector and voluntary and community sector in the delivery of public services. They’re seeking your comments as they draft this tool.

BASE and ERSA have submitted a recommendations report to the Minister for Disabled People following a consultation event attended by Work Choice providers on 26 April.

The Government has reported on progress on the Building a Fairer Britain equalities strategy. The Government describes its approach as "based on transparency, local accountability and reducing bureaucracy".

BASE has launched its search for nominations for our 2012 Practitioner Awards. Nominations close on 29 July and we're seeking nominations for the following awards:

Outstanding Practice Award for supporting people with a learning disability
Sponsorship opportunity

Outstanding Practice Award for supporting people with mental health needs
Sponsored by the Centre for Mental Health

Outstanding Practice Award for supporting employers
Sponsored by Glasgow City Council

Outstanding Team Award for Scottish Services

DWP has confirmed that a wage subsidy, similar to that element of the Youth Contract, is to be extended to cover 18-24 year olds on Work Choice. There had been widespread concern that it had previously only applied to the Work Programme and BASE had written to the Minister asking for it to be changed.

It is with tremendous sadness that we have to inform you that Fred Bowen, BASE's training and development officer, passed away late on Monday 21 May after a short but catastrophic illness. Thank you to everyone who contacted us. Fred was simply irreplaceable and our thoughts are with his family. We have now closed the condolence book so please contact us if you wish to add a comment.

The Government has responded to the consultation on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Green Paper. Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability – progress and next steps sets out a summary of the key responses to the consultation questions in the green paper, current progress and further plans.

In a new survey by The National Autistic Society, over a third of adults with autism (35%) say they have previously experienced bullying or discrimination at work, and 43% say they have left or lost a job because of their condition.

Our congratulations to Kenny Meacham who has won the title of Supported Employee of the Year at an event held by SEQOL, the Swindon-based health and social care company.

The event took place to celebrate the achievements of supported workers who have gone the extra mile. The employees were recognised for their achievements in customer service, team working and being positive role models.

Enable are organising a seminar to showcase their Improve Project, a regional model for delivering Individual Placement and Support (IPS). The event takes place in Coventry on 21 June and full details are available here.