The Out of Work Service and In-Work Support Service, which are helping Welsh people to rebuild their lives, will be extended until 2025.

The Out of Work Service helps the most vulnerable and those "furthest away from the labour market". It is specifically focused on providing long term support to people recovering from mental health or substance misuse issues. The service provides support through a national network of peer mentors – people who have themselves recovered from issues such as mental ill-health or substance misuse. 

The Government has announced a number of measures within today's budget. Selected announcements are quoted below but you can read the fiull papers at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/autumn-budget-and-spending-review-2021-documents 


15th July sees the launch of a new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive TechnologyTalent & Technology: Building bridges to employment for disabled people, with keynote speeches from Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson MP, Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and Julia Green, BASE Chair. The report is embargoed until 15 July but we'll post it on our Knowledge pages after that.

The Post-16 Education and Skills Bill must be amended to include clauses around provision for students with special educational needs, Lord Addington has said. 

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report 'Supporting Disabled People into Work' on how the Department for Work and Pensions supports people with a disability into work. BASE supported the NAO's work on the report and we will be commenting on the content soon.

The report is about the Department’s support to help disabled people overcome barriers to work. It examines the Department’s:

The Ministry of Justice has issued a Call for Evidence to improve their understanding of:

1. Inclusive Recruitment Practices

What are employers doing, if anything, to create fair opportunities for ex-offenders to compete for jobs within their organisations in the UK?

What information or support would help employers to make the decision to remove the criminal conviction declaration tick-box from their job application forms?

Local Government
Welfare reform, Access To Work, Local Government, Policy, Work Choice, Work Programme
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The Local Government Association has published Realising Talent: a new framework for devolved employment and skills. It is the final report in a collaborative series with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. It recommends options for the devolution of employment and skills, which LGA believes can be practicably implemented by a new or returning Government.

Central Government
Disability, Policy
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The aims of ‘Fulfilling Potential: Building Understanding’ are: * to provide an analysis of the current evidence on disability in the UK to inform the development of the next stage of work on Fulfilling Potential – the development of actions, outcomes and indicators * to inform public understanding and prompt debate about disability and the issues faced by disabled people * to raise awareness, drive a change in attitudes and support an increase in commitment to improving the lives of disabled people in the UK today The main document is structured in two parts:

Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
International, EU, Policy
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The strategy provides a framework for action at European level. It supports EU countries’ actions and pursues the overall goal of implementing the UN Convention. It focuses on eliminating barriers and fostering an EU-wide market for assistive technologies.


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