A new review designed to boost the employment prospects of autistic people has been launched by the Government.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride MP, has appointed Sir Robert Buckland KC MP to lead the review, which will consider how the Government can work with employers to help more autistic people realise their potential and get into work.

In the Chancellor’s Spring Budget today,  a number of measures to support people into work were announced including: 

Children and young people across England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or in alternative provision (AP) will get high-quality, early support wherever they live in the country according to the Department for Education's press release shared on 2nd March 2023.

BASE members know that Supported Internships can have a huge positive impact for the interns and for wider society, which is why we're delighted to be involved in the first National Supported Internship Day (NSID) taking place on 27th March 2023.

Mel Walls, talks about why she loves being a BASE volunteer, representing Supported Business members and working with colleagues on the National Executive Committee where she is the National Lead for Supported Businesses.

BASE has recieved the following update from the Access to Work Policy Team

It is wonderful to see the commitment in celebrating Disability History Month 2022- yet the latest ASCOF figures show that organisations confidence around disability isn’t extended to everyone.  

4500 16-25 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities in England are set to benefit from a new, life changing, supported internships programme per year by 2025.

The Department for Education funded programme is designed to support more young people with additional needs to have greater choice and control over opportunities that prepare them for adult life and enable them to gain long-term meaningful employment. Currently, only 5.1% of people with special educational needs and disabilities gain permanent paid employment in the UK, compared to 80% of their peers.

A new £7.6 million government initiative has been launched to help over 2,000 adults with learning disabilities and autism move into work.

The Local Supported Employment (LSE) initiative is providing grant funding to 24 local authorities in England and Wales, representing an investment of £7.6 million over the next three years.

Each local authority area will support between 60 and 140 adults with learning disabilities, autism or both to move into competitive employment and provide the help they need to maintain that employment.

An average of 91 participants in each local authority are set to benefit from the grant funding and support, which will include assigning job coaches who can carry out vocation profiling, engage employers and provide in-work support to help develop more careers. A total of 22 local authorities in England and two in Wales will benefit from the funding worth £7.6m over the Spending Review period.

The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s Plan for Jobs and other initiatives - both those introduced since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and wider schemes - aimed at helping people find and stay in work.