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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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Disabled people, conditionality and a civic minimum in Britain

Disabled people, conditionality and a civic minimum in Britain

reflections from qualitative research

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Disabled people, work and welfare

Ruth Patrick

Deborah Fenney

Policy Press

This chapter discusses findings from a small-scale study into attitudes towards work-related conditionality being applied to disabled people. Focus groups were convened with small groups of both disabled and non-disabled people to discuss attitudes to welfare conditionality. The disabled people in this study were unanimously opposed to welfare conditionality being applied to disabled people, while non-disabled people were much more likely to believe it had potential. Participants employed paternalist, mutualist and contractualist defences in their discussions of welfare conditionality. This chapter reports on these findings, outlines the relevant policy context, and explores the work of Stuart White (2003), and his description of a ‘civic minimum’ (the necessary preconditions before a society could justly impose welfare conditionality). This chapter concludes that a ‘civic minimum deficit’ – the gap between the status quo and what would be required before conditionality could even be considered as a ‘fair’ policy solution – currently exists in Britain.

Keywords:   contractualist, civic minimum, disabled people, mutualist, paternalist, welfare conditionality

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