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: 2020
Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Long-term unemployed
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This study looks at the role that symptoms associated with depression can have on an individual’s ability to find a job, or remain in employment. We also explore the evidence around which interventions and support might improve employment outcomes for people experiencing these symptoms, and make a series of recommendations about we might enhance employment outcomes for this group.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Welfare reform
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

Scope has published a new report on the economic impact of rising disability employment rates. Landman Economics have modelled the economic impact of a five or 10 percentage point increase in the disability employment rate by 2030. This report explored their findings, and points to some of the actions which could enable such an increase. Landman Economics found three key economic findings around increasing the employment rate of disabled people. Increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Disability, Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report, Research

Disability Rights UK has published a summary of the Closing the Skills Gap reports. The report highlights their findings on the skills young disabled people need to get into employment; and on skills for people who acquire impairments or conditions during working life. Their findings, based on the two reports, stress: * the importance of peer to peer support * a need for disabled people to be able to exercise choice and control There are critical success factors from the 2 reports:

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Access To Work, Local Government, Policy, Work Choice, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

The Local Government Association has published Realising Talent: a new framework for devolved employment and skills. It is the final report in a collaborative series with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. It recommends options for the devolution of employment and skills, which LGA believes can be practicably implemented by a new or returning Government.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Best practice, Guidance

Through several policies and programmes, including the Department of Communities and Local Government's Our Place and Delivering Differently, The Public Service Transformation Network and the Commissioning Academy, the government is supporting local commissioners to design and implement commissioning models.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Autism, Commissioning, Local Government
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

The Government has responded to the consultation on guidance to support the adult autism strategy. The consultation received 118 direct responses and considered advice from: * consultation events and meetings with stakeholders * people with autism * amilies and carers * health and social care organisations The response summarises key themes that emerged and how we have responded to them in statutory guidance.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Welfare reform
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This review, from Professor Dan Finn, examines the devolution of welfare-to-work policies in Britain, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany, and analyses proposals for further devolution in England. It finds that:: * Devolution of the Work Programme (WP) and other employment and skills services needs tailoring to local governance capacity and should be an explicit aim of City and Growth Deals. * More devolution of the working relationship between Jobcentres and local government is needed.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

Guidance for education providers and local authorities on the SEND reforms from the Department of Health. This guidance was issued in March 2015 and will be reviewed in September 2015.

Guidance for parents, local authorities and partners is at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-spec...

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This report evaluates a scheme that provided employment support based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. The pilot was 1 of 4 commissioned by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions based on recommendations in the 2014 report Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes. It was designed to test service design, methods of tracking findings and initial effects.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Work Capability Assessment, International
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report, Research

This Demos report examines how seven countries assess capability for work and proposes "real-life assessment" as an alternative to the Work Capability Assessment. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) – which assesses eligibility for the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance – is widely seen to be failing. Part of the problem is how the assessments have been delivered, but even after Atos is replaced by Maximus, the root problems of the WCA will remain: the WCA simply does not assess claimants’ capability for work.

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