November 2008

BASE is pleased to announce the appointment of Fred Bowen as our Training and Development Officer. Fred starts work with BASE in the New Year and his appointment reflects the priority given to professional development and improved quality standards. One of his first tasks will be to identify member training needs through a member survey.

Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell and Health Secretary Alan Johnson have responded to Dame Carol Black's report into the health of Britain's working age population, Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, which was published in March. The package aims to support disabled people or those who become ill to return to, or stay in work.

EUSE has asked us to remind members that the closing date for the Call for Papers for the EUSE 9th European Conference is 23 November 2008. More...

Voluntary and community organisations and public sector agencies are being invited to give their views on a new agreement with the public sector in the North West. The North West Regional Compact is an agreement between North West public sector bodies and the third sector to understand their respective roles and responsibilities, which in turn leads to better outcomes for local citizens across the region. Regional organisations are invited to comment on a draft version of the Compact over the next 12 weeks.

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a summary of responses to their consultation Helping people achieve their full potential: Improving Specialist Disability Employment Services . The consultation ended in March 2008 and sought views on proposals to combine WORKSTEP, Work Preparation and the Job Introduction Scheme into a single new programme. It also considered the way Jobcentre Plus Disability Employment Advisers work in relation to these programmes and asked how Access to Work might be improved.

IDEA and the Local Government Association are organising a one day conference on learning disability and employment. The event, on 28 November in London, features a range of speakers.

DWP has published a research report outlining the findings of an exploratory qualitative study to investigate the experiences of people with a mental health condition who had continued to work in paid employment while unwell. The study was carried out by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and was based on interviews with 38 people working for a range of small and large employers in the public and private sectors.