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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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Themes in Disabled people, work and welfare

Themes in Disabled people, work and welfare

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Disabled people, work and welfare

Chris Grover

Linda Piggott

Policy Press

The conclusion draws together themes that are visible in the chapters of Work, welfare and disabled people. It focuses in particular upon three issues raised by the chapters: 1) the nature of wage work as a social process; 2) difficulties for disabled people that arise from the desire to commodify their labour power and 3) difficulties that there are in making the claim that wage work provides for disabled people both a secure and above-poverty level income. Overall, it is concluded that while Britain and other liberal welfare regimes continue to be rooted in concerns with access to social welfare benefits as particularly discouraging wage labour, disabled people face a future of economic precariousness, of greater poverty, even when in paid work.

Keywords:   disabled people, economic precariousness, commodify, labour power, poverty, welfare benefits, wage work

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