Statement on the Government’s response to the consultation on the Sayce eview of specialist disability employment support
BASE welcomes the Government`s pledge of continued investment in the sector and its endorsement of personalised employment support as the only way to improve unacceptably low rates of employment for people with disabilities.
We believe, however, that there is little evidence that turning supported employment into a retail marketplace through personal budgets will help large numbers of disabled people achieve sustainable and fulfilling careers, and that Government and its partners should continue to explore the best ways of commissioning effective employment support.
Finally, BASE recognises that supported businesses can provide valuable intermediate labour markets, that Government should play a more active role in supporting business development for the sector, especially around public procurement, and is concerned that appropriate support is offered to those whose jobs will go as a result of the closure of commercially unsustainable supported businesses.
Our response in full
Sayce response – BASE Press release