March 2019

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report 'Supporting Disabled People into Work' on how the Department for Work and Pensions supports people with a disability into work. BASE supported the NAO's work on the report and we will be commenting on the content soon.

The report is about the Department’s support to help disabled people overcome barriers to work. It examines the Department’s:

DWP is ending the Community Partner roles with Jobcentre districts. The Community Partner roles were time limited and funded for a two-year period, which comes to an end in March 2019.

The Community Partners have helped to build awareness of disability issues and worked with local employers to inform them of advice available and good practice in employing disabled people. There has not been an external evaluation of the impact of these roles.

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 BASE conference will take place at the Manchester Mercure Hotel on 5-6 November.

We are now inviting expressions of interest in presenting a workshop at the event. Workshop presenters can attend the full conference at a reduced cost. We are also able to take advance delegate bookings.

The Growth Company (formerly trading as The Work Company) have issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for organisations interested in partnering them as subcontractors on the IPES programme in North West England. It's a very tight turnaround as bids have to be submitted by 8 April. You'll find the EOI form attached.

The IPES programme is only open for bids from organisations on the Umbrella Framework. These are:

PeoplePlus have issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for organisations interested in partnering them as subcontractors on the IPES programme in Central England, North East England and Wales. It's a very tight turnaround as bids have to be submitted by 8 April. You'll find the EOI form attached.

The IPES programme is only open for bids from organisations on the Umbrella Framework. These are:

RNIB is sharing resources for employers looking to become Disability Confident. They are hosting a specialist thematic programme that will run from 19 - 29 March and focuses on support to people with a visual impairment.

The programme is designed to increase employers knowledge and understanding about recruiting, or retaining, blind or partially sighted people in the workplace. There is no cost to use the resources.

The programme includes:

Members should be aware that DWP has issued procurement information about the new Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme through the Umbrella Framework. The documentation went out last week and prime providers have a very tight deadline of 29 March to submit their bids. Members may want to approach potential bidders to discuss subcontracting opportunities.

A new plan has been launched to help support people with learning disabilities.

There are 26,349 people with learning disabilities in Scotland with only 7%  employed and 6.2% in further education.

The Keys to Life framework, launched by the Scottish Government and council umbrella body Cosla, sets out plans to inform more employers about available help, such as a job coach or supported employment.

It is being reported that Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, has resigned from her ministerial role. She votied in favour of a Brexit motion originally put forward by Government.  

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