28 February 2006: BASE meets with Adult Learning Inspectorate

BASE met with Nigel Evans and Pat Higginbottom from the ALI today. It was another productive meeting and details of the discussion are available on our policy pages.

28 February 2006: Worktrain website moves to DirectGov

27 January 2006: BASE attends Turning Point and National Employment Panel seminar

13 December 2005: A single inspection for children, young people and adult learners is confirmed.

Ruth Kelly, Education Secretary, has confirmed that a single organisation will be created by bringing together the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) with Ofsted, the children's social care remit of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and other organisations concerned with child protection.
The new inspectorate will be formed through legislation expected in the New Year. Its provisional name will be the Office for Standards in Education, Childrens Services and Skills.

30 November 2005: Research shows European websites inaccessible

31 October 2005: DTI launches anti-bullying initiative

30 September 2005: National Minimum Wage rises on 1 October

The adult rate of the National Minimum Wage will increase from £4.85 to £5.05 per hour, while the youth rate, paid to 18-21 year-olds, will go up from £4.10 per hour to £4.25. The rate for 16 and 17 year old workers, introduced last year, will remain at £3.00 an hour, to enable it to be fully reviewed by the Low Pay Commission in its annual Report to Government in February 2006.

28 September 2005: DH publishes survey on learning difficulties

30 August 2005: Work related stress - new guide for employers

The DTI have published a document providing guidelines for employers and employees on work-related stress. It summarises the legislation around stress at work and offers sources of further information and help. Read the report...

30 August 2005: DWP research into permitted work

28 July 2005: New guide to the Equality Bill published

An easy read guide has been published by the Women and Equality Unit at the DTI. The guide gives a basic overview of the Equality Bill and the establishment of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. Read the guide...

30 June 2005: Jobcentre Plus evaluation published

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a 230 page evaluation of Jobcentre Plus services. The in-house report covers a wide range of programmes and processes involving analysis of administrative data on service delivery,d labour market outcomes and social research. Expect a fairly hefty pat on the back and a "keep up the good work"! Read the report...

The following funding opportunities may be of interest to members. Note that each will have eligibility criteria that you need to check on the website of each funding organisation.

Diana Princess Of Wales Memorial Fund (UK)