April 2019

Please note that the BASE office will close on Friday 12 April and reopen on Tuesday 23 April.

Please email admin@base-uk.org for any urgent matters. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Universal Credit work allowances have risen. The new allowances only apply to people who have a disability and those with dependent children. 

The new rates are £287 per month (up from £198) for those who have housing costs and £503 per month (up from £409) for those people who do not have housing costs. The earnings taper remains at 63% for any income above these allowances.


DWP has confirmed that Justin Tomlinson MP has returned to the role of Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work. He was appointed on 4 April following the resignation of Sarah Newton on 12 March.

IPPR has published a report Plans that Work: Employment outcomes for people with learning disabilities looking at how additional support that is provided to children and young people with learning disabilities helps them properly prepare for adulthood, and considers how it might have to change to better achieve this.

Seetec has confirmed that Pluss, a long-standing BASE member, has joined the Seetec Group.

Pluss is a Community Interest Company that supports thousands of people each year to achieve a career and fulfil their true potential. It is a prime contractor for DWP and delivers a range of contracts for various commissioners including the Work and Health Programme across 26 nationwide locations.

The Royal Borough of Kingston (the Council) proposes to provide a supported employment service for clients known to the Council, aged between 18-64, including: Learning Disabilities (LD), Homelessness, Drug and Alcohol misuse, Mental Health, LD Children and Young People in Transition This service will be delivered in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

1- 7th April 2019 is World Autism Awareness week and we're highlighting some of the resources available to support Employers make workplaces more autism-friendly.

  • The National Autistic Society has a wealth of resources to aid employers with the recruitment, training and retention of autistic staff.