Mencap has published a report about supported apprenticeships that argues for changes to the eligibility criteria. Mancap wants a cognitive assessment to replace the current requirement of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA).

Mencap surveyed apprenticeship employers and training providers to gauge their views on the minimum standard flexibilities for apprentices with a learning disability or learning difficulty (LDD).

The Government has published pre-launch guidance about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). 

This provides further information to local authorities and other partners across the United Kingdom on:

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) has published the Levelling Up White Paper. The White Paper aims to close the gap between rich and poor areas by 2030 through improving services such as education, broadband and transport. It sets out 12 ambitions covering a variety of themes where inequality is experienced across the country.

Global business collective, the Valuable 500, today announces new research showing that almost half of businesses believe that a key barrier to the recruitment and retention of disabled employees is the lack of candidates.

The Welsh Senedd is consulting on an updated strategic action plan for supporting people with a learning disability. We understand that the consultation closes at the end of February.

Cabinet Office has established a programme to encourage greater involvement form the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors within the delivery of Government contracts.

The Department for Education has published new guidance for providers of Supported Internships in England. The government aims to double the capacity of the Supported Internship programme to provide thousands more young peo

Hansel is seeking individuals to take up rewarding non-executive and committee member opportunities. Hansel is a leading social care provider and not for profit organisation, based in Symington, offering a range of services to people living with disabilities all across Ayrshire.  Since their beginnings almost 60 years ago Hansel has been at the forefront of innovation in developing supports for adults with learning disabilities and/or living with autism. 

BASE Scotland Chair, Alistair Kerr, has written a blog for the Scotttish Government's public procurement website about the role of Supported Businesses within Scotland's economy.


We are delighted, and excited, to announce that Laura Davis has been appointed as the incoming Chief Executive of BASE following a highly competitive recruitment process. Laura will be well known to our members as she chaired BASE between 2016 and 2018. It is expected that Laura will start her role in April, allowing time for a planned handover with the outgoing Chief Executive, Huw Davies.