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'The unwilling and the unwell’? Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of working with long term sickness benefits recipients.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Professor Clare BambraORCiD



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This paper draws on qualitative research with Incapacity Benefit (IB) stakeholders in the North East of England, UK. Stakeholders’ experiences of working with long-term sickness benefits recipients reveal multiple barriers that both sick and disabled people, and themselves as practitioners, clearly face. Reflections on what ongoing welfare reform could mean for future practice for both stakeholders and recipients will be explored. The findings suggests that whilst stakeholders recognise the complex barriers faced by those receiving sickness benefits, a wider moral dialogue between ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ is being created and sustained as a result of negative stereotyping of sickness benefits recipients.

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Author(s): Garthwaite K, Bambra C, Warren J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Disability & Society

Year: 2013

Volume: 28

Issue: 8

Pages: 1104-1117

Print publication date: 01/01/2013

Online publication date: 13/02/2013

Date deposited: 05/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0968-7599

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0508

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.758032


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