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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, welfare reform and the balance of rights and responsibilities

Disabled people, welfare reform and the balance of rights and responsibilities

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(p.87) Five Disabled people, welfare reform and the balance of rights and responsibilities
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Disabled people, work and welfare
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Dan Heap

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.003.0005

Most of the recent highly controversial reform to out-of-work benefits for disabled people in Britain has been justified - often explicitly - on the grounds that more and better back-to-work would be provided. This chapter offers a framework for establishing whether such promises have been met. It finds that what began as an ostensibly genuine effort to increase employment support for disabled people has faded in recent years, with the failure of specialist programmes, changed labour market policy priorities and the inability of new mainstream programmes - focused almost entirely on job outcomes in the short term - to provide the specialist and sustained support that such claimants require. Looked at this way, the welfare settlement between state and disabled jobseeker emerges as even more punitive than at first seemed to be the case.

Keywords:   back to work support, Britain, disabled jobseeker, job outcomes, mainstream programmes, reform, specialist programmes

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