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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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How can integrated services help sick and disabled people remain in employment?

How can integrated services help sick and disabled people remain in employment?

Findings from an evaluation of an in-work support service in the North of England

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(p.199) Eleven How can integrated services help sick and disabled people remain in employment?
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Disabled people, work and welfare
Author(s):

Jon Warren

Kayleigh Garthwaite

Clare Bambra

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.003.0011

The main focus of recent debates around disability, chronic illness and work has centred on access to paid work. Over the past two decades, this has also been at the heart of the social policy agenda in Britain with concerted efforts to maximise labour market participation. However, what is not discussed to the same extent is what happens after people enter employment and the challenges they may face in retaining it. This chapter explores these issues using evidence collected through a mixed methods evaluation of an in work support service. The service was available to assist employees and employers with job retention. Usually these problems were health related, but many individuals were also experiencing wider socio-economic difficulties, such as debt, which led to the creation of new health problems and the exacerbation of existing conditions. The chapter draws on a survey and a series of qualitative interviews undertaken with service users and the practitioners who delivered the service.

Keywords:   disability, health, job retention, labour market, participation, retaining, in work support

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