Today, we see a change in Government and BASE welcomes the opportunity that this brings to change the public narrative around the unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged.

BASE and its members believe if people receive the right support, find the right job and are motivated to work, that anyone can work and have a good career. 

We’d like 2024 to be the start of a new approach to commissioning employment support that shifts the focus to:

Having a good job is the single most important thing in empowering people to have money, choices, friendships and dignity in life. It roots people in their communities and helps to ensure full inclusion in society. My goal has always been to support the movement of disabled people from dependency on segregated services to full social and economic inclusion. Professionalisation of the Supported Employment sector is critical to achieving this and employers can be our greatest allies.

New Back to Work Plan to help up to 1,100,000 people with long-term health conditions, disabilities or long-term unemployment to look for and stay in work.

"The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride have unveiled their Back to Work Plan – a package of employment focused support that will help people stay healthy, get off benefits and move into work – as part of the Autumn Statement.

Following yesterday's announcement of the Government's new Back to Work Plan , Laura Davis, BASE CEO has made the following comment

Disabled, neurodivergent and disadvantaged people need hope and support, not threats of losing their benefits.

We regret to inform you of a significant change to our upcoming BASE 2023 Conference, scheduled for 14 & 15 November 2023.

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.