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BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report about the Disability Employment Gap. The report recommends a greater focus on retention, better use of specialists, and again calls for a senior disability work coach role to be reintroduced. It suggests that employers who recruit people with disabilities could receive National Insurance incentives.

Government publishes "Improving Lives The Work, Health & Disability Green Paper"  

The long-awaited Green Paper on disability employment has been launched . The Government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions via a consultation [closing date 17 February 2017] 

The Disability Apprenticeships taskforce led by Paul Maynard MP has published its recommendations. BASE submitted views earlier this year.

Recommendations

BASE has submitted a short paper to an apprenticeships taskforce detailing its views on access to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities and other hidden impairments. The taskforce has been formed by Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, and is to be chaired by Paul Maynard MP. We understand that the taskforce will begin its work soon and has sought views from a number of organisations.

BASE has submitted evidence to the Work and Pension Committee's inquiry into halving the disability employment gap. You can view it by clicking on the pdf attachment below.

Project leads the way in increasing the employment aspirations for young people with disabilities. Three important resources have been launched this week that aim to help authorities, education providers and career advisers provide a more inclusive approach to employment for young adults following evidence that school leavers with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are finding it difficult to achieve their work ambitions.

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