April 2017

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report into Local Support for People with a Learning Disability  There are an estimated 930,000 adults with a learning disability in England, 129,000 of whom receive local authority social care support. There are approximately 2,500 people with a learning disability who are living in mental health hospitals.

It has been confirmed that DWP's supported employment proof of concept trials are to be delayed by the announcement of the general election on 8 June. We were expecting an imminent announcement about which local authorities have been selected to take part but this has now been put on hold. DWP will be writing to all those local authorities that submitted expressions of interest to update them on the situation. 

BASE has been contracted to review and update the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Supported Employment Practitioners. We need your help to ensure that the revised standards are suitable for the sector and have launched a survey which is now open until 19 May.

The original NOS were written in 2012 and you can view them at http://base-uk.org/nos

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report, "Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal." that looks at the experiences of people with a disability in the UK today. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?. The report found a lack of equal opportunities in education and employment