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A report published by Demos suggests that Ministers should consider abolishing the Department for Work and Pensions after its failure to help ill and disabled people out of poverty. The Pathways from Poverty report suggests that most of the department's work could be carried out more effectively by other Whitehall ministries.

A new Wildgoose workplace survey has shown that over 50 percent of UK employees surveyed feel disability inclusion is most important inclusion issue that should be tackled in their workplace.

62% of discriminatory queries at The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) are about disability and the Wildgoose survey demonstrates that employers are not doing enough to be inclusive to those with a disability.

Mencap would like to invite people with a learning disability to take part in the first national survey of people with a learning disability in 15 years!

The survey is the chance for people with a learning disability to share their experiences. It was fully co-produced by people with a learning disability, and asks questions on topics they say are important to them, including health, relationships, employment and inclusion.

NHS England has published a new 10-year plan for development of the service. The plan includes actions to encourage improved employment rates.

 

The BASE office will close on Thursday 20 December and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Emails will be checked periodically over the holidays so please email us at admin@base-uk.org with any urgent matters.

BASE would like to wish our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a successful 2019.

The Work and Pensions Committee has warned of potential “disastrous” consequences for disabled people, including disabled children, and the services that support them in the transition to Universal Credit as currently planned.

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, said: 

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, has launched an Inclusive Apprenticeships Action Plan aimed at removing the barriers that prevent disabled people undertaking apprenticeships.

The Scottish Governnment has published its Employment Action Plan for people who have a disability.

With only around 40% of working age disabled adults in employment, compared with more than 80% of non-disabled adults, the new funding is part of an action plan outlining how this gap can be at least halved over the next 20 years. The plan sets an initial ambition to increase the employment rate of disabled people to 50% by 2023 then to 60% by 2030.

The action plan also includes:

The Health and Wellbeing Alliance has published an Employer's Guide to Supported Employment. You can download it from our Knowledge pages.

This guide aims to support employers including line managers, Human Resources leads and others responsible for recruitment to improve the diversity of their workforce through providing more employment opportunities, better outcomes and support for people with mental health conditions, a learning disability and / or autism.

DWP has announced a new employment support programme to start in 2019 for people living with a disability who are unlikely to move into work within the next year or longer and may need additional support.. The Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES) programme will provide highly personalised packages of employment support for people who are at least a year away from moving into work. The support comes from a new £40 million fund and is expected to benefit 10,000 people.

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