November 2016

There's a range of tender opportunities has just been published by various local authorities. They can be found on the Due North procurement website.

Scotland's Employability Minister, Jamie Hepburn, has confirmed that the £14 million Work First Scotland programme, which will provide employment support for 3,300 disabled people, will be voluntary and will not use the threat of sanctions. 

People with disabilities still face discrimination, poverty and prejudice according to a wide-ranging new report from a coalition of Scottish charities, published by Disability Action Scotland. The report, 'Equal? Still Not, Why Not?' has gathered the views of over 80 people with a physical or learning disability, sight or hearing impairment and mental health problems.

BASE has been contracted to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Supported Employment. As part of this work, we are seeking the views of members and other stakeholders. The project must be completed by the end of March 2017 and we're looking for your views. You can find details of regional consultation meetings on our Events page and we will be consulting using Survey Monkey.

BASE held its 2016 national conference at the Manchester Conference Centre on 16-17 November and we received some fantastic feedback from attendees.

BASE presented its annual awards at the conference dinner on 16 November. There was strong competition this year, particularly for the Team and Practitioner Awards, and we would like to congratulate all the worthy winners.

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an opportunity to work in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus to shape the support for disabled people and those with a health condition in partnership with the third sector. This was announced in Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, which was published for consultation on 31 October.

We're looking for your views on Improving Lives, the Green Paper on disability, work and health. Please tell us what you think of it by completing our consultation survey or emailing us. We will also be organisationing regional consultation meetings - look at our events page for details.

The Green Paper has a lot of interesting content but also some worrying comments and omissions.

The Future of Jobcentre Plus inquiry

Work and Pensions Select Committee: Second Report of Session 2016-17

A report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities has concluded that the UK Government's austerity policies amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities. The report examines the impact of changes across welfare, employment and social care and doesn't pull any punches with its conclusions.