April 2019

A new quality mark has been launched for Supported Businesses. The Social Enterprise Disabilty Employment Mark (SEDEM) has been designed specifically for the supported business sector, with the aim of providing assurance for commissioners/funding bodies and disabled people on the specialist supportive environment provided for employees with disabilities.

NHS England has announced a major expansion of a landmark scheme designed to help tens of thousands of patients with serious mental health problems who want to work, to find employment.
The voluntary scheme, known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), is being rolled out to 28 new local NHS areas, meaning eight out of ten parts of England will have access to the programme.

Mencap is currently in the process of finalising a report based on a series of workshops on apprenticeships that was held earlier this year and is seeking case studies to illustrate the report and highlight the difficulties people face.

They are looking for case studies about people who fit all of the criteria below:

Liverpool City Region has issued a call to run a European-funded project designed to provide support to and increase the employability of people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

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.