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:

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:

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.