The Careers & Enterprise Company has published a new research report 'State of the Nation 2017: Careers and enterprise provision in England's schools'. It gives the most comprehensive picture to date of schools’ careers and enterprise provision.

Ofsted has published a report reporting on the findings from the first year of local area inspections carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the effectiveness of local areas in fulfilling their new duties in the ‘Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years’ (the Code of Practice). 

The framework for these inspections sets out how Ofsted and CQC jointly inspect the local area’s effectiveness in three main aspects: 

The City of London Corporation has launched a new £3.3million scheme which will open up new employment opportunities for young people with a disability in London. The scheme, Bridge to Work, is funded by City Bridge Trust, the City Corporation’s charitable arm. Only half of working-age disabled people in the capital are in employment, compared to nearly four out of five non-disabled people.

Our congratulations go to Southdown Employment Services who have won a prestigious Positive Practice in Mental Health award for its Supported Employment service. BASE member, Southdown, picked up the award in the category Improving Access and Outcomes in Employment at a ceremony in Blackpool.


The Work and Pensions Committee has issued a blunt statement about the Department for Work and Pensions' failure to provide any staistical information prior to their hearing on Universal Credit. The following statement was issued today:

Amid growing calls from across the political spectrum for a pause in the Universal Credit rollout as evidence of problems continues to mount, the Work and Pensions Committee will take evidence from Secretary of State David Gauke on Wednesday morning. 

DWP has announced the prime contractors for the new Work and Health Programme.  The successful prime contractors for Manchester (1 lot) and London (4 lots) will be announced separately.

DWP has announced the closure of 102 jobcentres across the country. 36 of the jobcentres will become co-located with local authority services while 4 are pending the acquisition of new buildings. The remaining 62 closures will mean that claimants will have to travel to alternative jobcentres.

Mencap have announced this year's Learning Disability Work Week and it takes place on 6-12 November, the same week as the BASE conference

The Scottish Government has awarded contracts worth up to £96 million to help people find and stay in work. Fair Start Scotland service aims to help at least 38,000 people to find employment and will start in April 2018. Participation will be on a voluntary basis. The programme includes funding for supported employment and IPS provision.

Currently, fewer than 6% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work. We know this figure represents a drop from previous years. 

We know that people with learning disabilities can and do make hard working and enthusiastic employees, bringing new skills, talents and perspectives to their employers.  We also know that when we give good quality support to people interested in work we can match their skills, interests and aspirations to the needs of local employers and get good outcomes.