October 2016

Government publishes "Improving Lives The Work, Health & Disability Green Paper"  

The long-awaited Green Paper on disability employment has been launched . The Government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions via a consultation [closing date 17 February 2017] 

Esmée Fairbairn has launched a new £10m fund for charities working with young people leaving care, with the grantmaker taking a more targeted and “evidence-based” approach to funding. The five-year programme, Young People Leaving Care, aims to invest £2m per year in projects that support young people leaving care to make the transition to adult hood. It was informed by Esmée’s collaboration with Social Finance’s Social Impact Incubator. Esmée said it expects most support to be made in the form of grants but will consider social investments as well.

The Government will publish it's Green Paper on disability, work and health this afternoon (31 October) at around 4.30pm.

We look forward to the publication later today of the Green Paper on disability, work and health. Most people who have a disability or health condition want to work. For many this is going to need flexible support from an employer and specialist assistance from support organisations. It needs reassurance and positive support, not a punitive approach. We know that there is to be a consultation on the future of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and a review of how fit notes are working. BASE welcomes this and will be responding to the Green Paper once we see the detail.

Education Minister, Justine Greening, has announced changes to the way apprenticeships will be funded from May 2017. The latest changes include:

BASE supports the general point made within the ERSA/WPI report, More than words-Rethinking employment support to disabled people that more resources need to be invested in providing appropriate specialist support to disabled people. The Government has set an ambitious target to halve the disability employment gap and this will require a comprehensive approach to support both the recruitment and retention of all people who have a disability and who aspire to work.