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Social Policy in an Era of CompetitionFrom Global to Local Perspectives$
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Dan Horsfall and John Hudson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326274

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326274.001.0001

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Rewriting the contract? Conditionality, welfare reform and the rights and responsibilities of disabled people

Rewriting the contract? Conditionality, welfare reform and the rights and responsibilities of disabled people

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(p.135) Eight Rewriting the contract? Conditionality, welfare reform and the rights and responsibilities of disabled people
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Social Policy in an Era of Competition
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Peter Dwyer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326274.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the rights and responsibilities of disabled people in the UK and the ways in which their rights to work and social security benefits have been subject to contestation and redefinition, particularly since the introduction of Employment and Support Allowance in 2008. In the past, both governments and citizens generally tended to support the claims of long-term sick and disabled people to social security benefits for two reasons. First, because disabled people fitted commonly held views about a legitimate need for provision of financial support and care through the public welfare system. Second, because the cause of their inactivity in the paid labour market was seen by many as being beyond their control. Disabled people have long challenged such discriminatory views and demanded the eradication of disabling attitudes and environments, so that they can realise effective rights to paid employment. Similarly, criticisms of the disabling welfare state and the role it has played in the systematic and entrenched social exclusion of disabled people in respect of their rights to work and welfare must be acknowledged.

Keywords:   disabled people, United Kingdom, right to work, social security benefits, public welfare system, paid employment, social exclusion, disabling welfare state

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