December 2018

The BASE office will close on Thursday 20 December and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Emails will be checked periodically over the holidays so please email us at with any urgent matters.

BASE would like to wish our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a successful 2019.

The Work and Pensions Committee has warned of potential “disastrous” consequences for disabled people, including disabled children, and the services that support them in the transition to Universal Credit as currently planned.

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, said: 

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, has launched an Inclusive Apprenticeships Action Plan aimed at removing the barriers that prevent disabled people undertaking apprenticeships.

The Scottish Governnment has published its Employment Action Plan for people who have a disability.

With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years. The plan sets an initial ambition to increase the employment rate of disabled people to 50% by 2023 then to 60% by 2030.

The action plan also includes:

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance has published an Employer's Guide to Supported Employment. You can download it from our Knowledge pages.

This guide aims to support employers including line managers, Human Resources leads and others responsible for recruitment to improve the diversity of their workforce through providing more employment opportunities, better outcomes and support for people with mental health conditions, a learning disability and / or autism.

DWP has announced a new employment support programme to start in 2019 for people living with a disability who are unlikely to move into work within the next year or longer and may need additional support.. The Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme will provide highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work. The support comes from a new £40 million fund and is expected to benefit 10,000 people.

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) has today published the Employment Task Group report to Scottish Government Ministers.

The report, titled The Route to Employment for People with Learning Disabilities in Scotland, explores what needs to be done to create more and better employment opportunities for Scots with a learning disability.

The report states 4 priorities for action:

The London School of Economics has published a report by Liz Sayce that addresses the question of whether there is a set of policy levers that could, together, encourage employers to improve disabled people’s employment and pay. It also considers how proposals could be framed and pursued, to enable people to unite to achieve them.

The Switching Focus report includes recommendations covering:

Ofsted has published its 2017-18 annual report. The report highlights concerns raised by Ofsted’s local area SEND inspections. These have shown that: