June 2012

The Government has announced that 14 English colleges are to trial supported internships in the coming acaedmic year as part of the Next Steps reforms.

The think tank, Demos, has published a report which looks critically at the impact of Government policies on the lives and incomes of disabled people.

DWP has published the first data on participation and outcomes on the Work Choice programme. The Work Choice programme started in October 2010 but this is the first data to be published despite calls for more open information on performance.

The Labour Party will today call an Opposition Day Debate on Disability Benefits and Social Care.

Govtoday has made delegate places available at no cost to BASE members for Healthy Communities 2012, the 2nd National Conference and Exhibition to explore the Healthy Communities Agenda. Delivering healthier, happier and longer lives will be held at the prestigious Brewery Conference Centre, London, on Wednesday 19th September 2012.

People with sight loss are often disadvantaged when completing computer-based diagnostic assessments to identify their level of competency in English and maths. Action for Blind People has designed the Skills In-Sight toolkit to make the assessment a more independent process, taking into consideration the individual’s sight condition and preferred method of working, such as Braille or large-print. The Skills In-Sight toolkit will cover both maths and English from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. The assessment process will involve: 1. On-screen needs analysis