Knowledge Base

The knowledge base is a free source of information both for supported employment and for disability / employment support generally. In addition to contributions from BASE and its member organisations, the knowledge base also acts as an archive for initiatives such as Valuing People Now.

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Format: 2022
Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Autism, Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

The government has published a new national autism strategy. Backed by nearly £75 million in the first year, it aims to speed up diagnosis and improve support and care for autistic people. The funding includes £40 million through the NHS Long Term Plan to improve capacity in crisis services and support children with complex needs in inpatient care.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability, Health & Wellbeing, In-work support
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

The Government has published its response to ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’; the 2019 consultation on different ways in which government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss.

Chapter 1 sets out how government will provide employers with access to good quality information and advice.

Chapter 2 outlines government plans to support employers and employees during sickness absence.

Chapter 3 covers Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability, Strategy, DWP
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Consultation

This green paper considers the options for addressing some of the short- to medium-term issues in health and disability benefits. It will also start a discussion about the opportunities for wider change to deliver on the objectives of the health and disability benefit system. The consultation is open until 11 October 2021.

We are consulting on the following aspects of our support for people with disabilities and health conditions:

Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Recruitment, Work and Pensions Committee
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its first inquiry report on DWP's preparation for changes in the world of work. The report calls on the Government to develop a comprehensive long-term strategy on how it will prepare for changes in the world of work brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

They say that technological changes in the workplace risk having an uneven impact on different groups of workers and the Government must be more proactive in planning ahead to avoid people being excluded from jobs and worker protections.

While the Committee concludes that it is not likely that new technology will lead to mass unemployment, it warns that the creation of new jobs and loss of others will be uneven across sectors and across different groups of workers.

The Government must ensure that any changes do not exacerbate existing inequalities, with younger people, disabled people, women, and people from some ethnic minorities particularly at risk of missing out on jobs.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report, Research

NFER has published a research report that examines the impact of the apprenticeships reforms on SMEs and on young people, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. Putting Apprenticeships to Work for Young People also considers to what extent the apprenticeship programme needs to be refocused in order to ensure that − as we continue to emerge from the pandemic − the apprenticeship system is working to support young people and SMEs.

It's interesting that there is no mention of disability or the Supported Apprenticeship flexibilities within the report.

Topics: 
Autism, Transition, Employer Engagement
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Guidance

Ambitious About Autism has produced a Transition to Employment toolkit that aims to support more autistic young people to carry on into further education, employment or training. 

It has been developed to support those working with autistic young people to understand their needs and help them onto the job ladder, or into further training or education.

Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Framework

This programme from the Careers and Enterprise Company contains a series of lesson plans, employer project briefs, video content and resources to support young people with SEND in all settings to consider their next steps.  It links with the Skills Builder framework. The content aims to develop awareness of key sector areas and raise the aspirations of young people with SEND and showcase the different pathways available to them.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Research

This working paper by Sanne Velthuis (University of Warwick & University of Manchester) and Stella Chatzitheochari (University of Warwick) analyses post-16 destinations and early socio-economic attainment by a cohort of young people born in 1989-90. The researchers used longitudinal data from the "Next Steps" study.

Among the disability gaps revealed by the data are:

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Disability
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

The ‘I already have a job…’ report, by Chronic Illness Inclusion and Leeds University Business School, sets out how government, employers and the benefits system are failing millions of people in the UK with Energy Limiting Chronic Illnesses (ELCIs). 

Although one in three disabled people of working age experiences problems with stamina, breathing or fatigue, the report says that their needs are not reflected in the workplace, in legislation, or by disability assessments like the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). 

Despite ELCIs affecting almost 5 million adults in the UK, these people are hidden within disability-related policies because their lived experiences of illness and impairment is widely misunderstood, often discredited, denied and disbelieved.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Framework

The £220m Community Renewal Fund is designed to help the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Fund aims to support our communities to pilot innovative programmes and new approaches, aligning national and local provision.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2022 and projects may align with one, or deliver across several, of the following investment priorities:

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