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A new Work and Pensions Committee report says former offenders leaving prison face a "cliff edge" drop off in support offered to help them re-enter normal life and find work, and that even while in prison, education and employment support are fragmented and good practice is "patchy and inconsistent".

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability has published its report on employment. The report, Ahead of the Arc, offers proposals to help halve the disability employment gap. The Inquiry was launched amid concerns that too much attention was being paid to reducing the benefits bill and not enough attention to helping disabled people participate in the labour market.

Scotland's Employability Minister, Jamie Hepburn, has confirmed that the £14 million Work First Scotland programme, which will provide employment support for 3,300 disabled people, will be voluntary and will not use the threat of sanctions. 

BASE has been contracted to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Supported Employment. As part of this work, we are seeking the views of members and other stakeholders. The project must be completed by the end of March 2017 and we're looking for your views. You can find details of regional consultation meetings on our Events page and we will be consulting using Survey Monkey.

A report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities has concluded that the UK Government's austerity policies amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities. The report examines the impact of changes across welfare, employment and social care and doesn't pull any punches with its conclusions.

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] 

Esmée Fairbairn has launched a new £10m fund for charities working with young people leaving care, with the grantmaker taking a more targeted and “evidence-based” approach to funding. The five-year programme, Young People Leaving Care, aims to invest £2m per year in projects that support young people leaving care to make the transition to adult hood. It was informed by Esmée’s collaboration with Social Finance’s Social Impact Incubator. Esmée said it expects most support to be made in the form of grants but will consider social investments as well.

The Government will publish it's Green Paper on disability, work and health this afternoon (31 October) at around 4.30pm.

BASE supports the general point made within the ERSA/WPI report, More than words-Rethinking employment support to disabled people that more resources need to be invested in providing appropriate specialist support to disabled people. The Government has set an ambitious target to halve the disability employment gap and this will require a comprehensive approach to support both the recruitment and retention of all people who have a disability and who aspire to work.

Education Minister, Justine Greening, has announced changes to the way apprenticeships will be funded from May 2017. The latest changes include:

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