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Six networks, namely the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR), the European Union for Supported Employment (EUSE) and Workability International, call on the European Union to act on the employment of persons with support needs such as persons with disabilities who continue to be hugely underrepresented in the workforce.

A national research project is examining the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of people with a learning disability. The project wants to know more about the lives of adults with learning disabilities through the coronavirus pandemic. They also want to talk to adults with learning disabilities or family carers/paid support staff of people with learning disabilities who need someone else to answer the questions on their behalf.

BASE has joined the Skills Builder Partnership as a strategic membership body partner. 

Skills Builder is a free resource used in schools, colleges, and workplaces to assess and chart progress on developing the soft skills needed in the workplace. The framework is now used by 700 organisations and covers achievement of the following soft skills:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has opened a consultation on workplace health, long-term absence, and capability to work. The closing date for comments is Monday,11 January 2021 at 5pm.

 

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The chancellor has announced that £220m will be allocated in 2021-22 to help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This falls far short of the £1.5bn currently received through European structural funding though the Chancellor has said that spending will eventually be ramped up to match European funding levels. The voluntary sector typically receives about £500m of such funds each year. 

The UKSPF will replace European Union structural funding following the UK’s departure from the EU. The withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU keeps structural funding until the end of 2020, after which funding that has already been agreed will continue to be paid, but no more applications for funding can be made.

Outlining the spending review today, Rishi Sunak told MPs that the whole of the UK will benefit from the UKSPF, and the government “will ramp up funding so that total domestic UK-wide funding will at least match EU receipts, on average reaching around £1.5bn a year”.

A number of BASE members were successful in gaining a place on DWP's Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) and are now inviting expressions of interest from potential partner subcontractors.

Scope has published a report that puts a spotlight on disabled people's experiences of coronavirus.

We're consulting to gather your views about the Government's National Disability Strategy. The strategy was announced last April and is due to be published in Spring 2021. We are involved in some of the cross-government working groups and want to make sure that we're reflecting your views.

Please complete our survey. It should take 20-30 minutes to complete but it will provide us with vital information for our submission to the strategy.

www.base-uk.org/nds

 

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) has published a new set of resources specifically aimed at raising the levels of confidence in employers and CEC Enterprise Advisors to increase the level of valuable encounters with employers and experiences of the work environment.

The materials cover 3 stages:

  • Awareness and engagement: 
  • Planning and implementation
  • Evaluation and review

There are also some supporting videos.

The Work and Pensions Committee is investigating the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people and how the Department for Work and Pensions can better support disabled people in the labour market.

They will be looking at trends in the disability employment gap, the economic impact of low employment rates for disabled people and the assistance available to help people in work. The inquiry will also cover the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible, especially disabled people, and has produced the call for evidence in text, audio, British Sign Language and EasyRead formats.

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