August 2013

The Department for Work & Pensions has launched a consultation seeking recommendations to improve the format and content of Work Programme official statistics publications. The recommendations involve an improved method of presenting sustainment payment information and the inclusion of information on participants who complete the programme. They are also seeking views on the overall presentation and content and the breakdowns available in the current official statistics. This is the first consultation on these proposals. Consultation closes 22nd November 2013

Avalon Television are developing a documentary for Channel 4 about the challenges disabled people face in the kitchen. They are looking for people who have a passion for cooking, and have come up with ingenious ways to overcome their disability in the kitchen.

They could be a great home cook, or an aspiring or established chef, who’d like to show off the ways they’ve got around cooking with a disability or a signature dish they’ve created.

New official statistics published today on behalf of the Scottish Government show that the number of Scots with learning disabilities who are getting jobs has fallen. The official figures suggest a lack of progress and a decline in the opportunities they have and their chances of getting a job.

A Chester charity has secured funding worth thousands of pounds to provide more work placement opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The Bren Project has received an £8,000 grant from Cheshire Community Foundation towards the salary of a co-ordinator for a new project to create additional placements in the voluntary sector.

BASE has submitted its proposals to the Government's review of its disability employment strategy. BASE has consulted with members throughout 2013 and we have produced a number of recommendations covering commissioning, benefit assessment, contracted delivery, employer engagement, transitions from education, and workforce issues.

Our key proposals are to:
• Change the emphasis of commissioning so that it is on the basis of quality rather than cost.

the Department for Education has issued details of the transitional protection which is to be offered to residential colleges and eligible further education colleges. Transitional protection for specialist provision is being introduced in response to a specific concern that there may be a reduction in the number of students placed in specialist provision between now and 2015. The department will offer a level of protection for specialist provision in independent specialist providers (ISPs) and in eligible further education (FE) institutions over the next two academic years.