BASE held its 2016 national conference at the Manchester Conference Centre on 16-17 November and we received some fantastic feedback from attendees.

BASE presented its annual awards at the conference dinner on 16 November. There was strong competition this year, particularly for the Team and Practitioner Awards, and we would like to congratulate all the worthy winners.

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an opportunity to work in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus to shape the support for disabled people and those with a health condition in partnership with the third sector. This was announced in Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper, which was published for consultation on 31 October.

The Future of Jobcentre Plus inquiry

Work and Pensions Select Committee: Second Report of Session 2016-17

We're looking for your views on Improving Lives, the Green Paper on disability, work and health. Please tell us what you think of it by completing our consultation survey or emailing us. We will also be organisationing regional consultation meetings - look at our events page for details.

The Green Paper has a lot of interesting content but also some worrying comments and omissions.

The Local Government Association has published it's annual report on the state of adult social care provision in England.

A report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities has concluded that the UK Government's austerity policies amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities. The report examines the impact of changes across welfare, employment and social care and doesn't pull any punches with its conclusions.

Preparing for Adulthood is organising a series of regional events to bring schools and colleges together to better understand how they can work co-operatively to support young people into adulthood.

Government publishes "Improving Lives The Work, Health & Disability Green Paper"  

The long-awaited Green Paper on disability employment has been launched . The Government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions via a consultation [closing date 17 February 2017] 

It is being reported that the Government is to end all funding for the National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities and the National Valuing Families Forum from the end of March 2017. The forums have been a key route for Government to consult with people with disabilities and their families so the decision to end funding is a cause for concern.

The following is taken from the National Forums website: