October 2014

The Scottish Government Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, is calling on the UK Government to address the future of funding for businesses employing disabled workers. He said the uncertainty over the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Work Choice funding is an "ongoing challenge".

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and Public Health England have published a new framework to help Health and Wellbeing Boards across England to build stronger local communities and capacity for self-management.

The BBC is saying that Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit. , internal documents seen by the BBC suggest.

The BBC has seen internal documents that suggest that new claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more per week than people on job seekers allowance. Current recipients get almost £30 per week more.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the ESA proposals were not government policy.

As Access to Work reaches it's 20th year, there are increasing concerns about how the latest operational changes have impacted on disabled people. Disabled people report they have had their support packages reduced, or not renewed. Deaf people in particular have seen the introduction of new guidelines restricting the funding they receive for sign language interpreters in the workplace.

A study of employer attitudes towards staff with mental health conditions has revealed that 94 per cent of UK leaders admit prejudice against sufferers remains an issue in their organisation. The research from Bupa, outlined in its report ‘Breaking the Silence’, also found that a third of business leaders think that employees with mental health illnesses will fail to return to full productivity. In responses to the study, some leaders said they 'labelled' these members of staff as unpredictable, weak and erratic.

BASE wishes to respond to the recent coverage of David Freud’s comments regarding employees with substantial disabilities and the National Minimum Wage. The Minister for Welfare Reform suggested during a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference that employers should not be expected to pay the full wage for a job where the worker had a severe disability and might not be as productive as other workers. Here is our response.

On the 25th of September 2014 in Kardinal Konig Haus Vienna, Dachverband Berufliche Intergration (dabei) hosted the launch of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) Toolkit for Diversity. There was a full and varied programme giving not only the details of the toolkit but also many specialist areas of the toolkit and related subjects.

St Loye’s Foundation is coming together with a Devon mental health charity, Community Care Trust, to help improve the independence and well being of more people with complex needs. The move will enable the delivery of enhanced specialist support, training and employment services to more people in the future.