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“They say jump, we say how high?” conditionality, sanctioning and incentivising disabled people into the UK labour market

Taggart, Danny and Mehta, Jaimini and Clifford, Ellen and Speed, Ewen (2020) '“They say jump, we say how high?” conditionality, sanctioning and incentivising disabled people into the UK labour market.' Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the experiences of disabled people in the UK assigned to the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group. Specifically, it considers the impact of processes of conditionality and sanctions on this group. The research was designed, conducted and analysed collaboratively between a disabled people’s user-led organisation (DPULO) and an academic team. The research documents the negative impact that processes of conditionality and sanctions had upon participants. The results highlighted 3 main themes: a lack of equality between disabled claimants and other claimants; significant impact of issues of compliance within a regime that imposes conditions and sanctions; and alternative ways of experiencing and responding to this policy regime. Suggestions are made as to how to involve disabled people in decision-making at policy level to ensure that such conditionality and sanctioning are not used when there is clear evidence that highlights the damaging and detrimental effects of these processes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employment and support allowance, UK welfare reform, conditionality, sanctions, universal credit
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 13:42
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 13:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27589

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