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From incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance: social sorting, sickness and impairment and social security

Grover, Christopher and Piggott, Linda (2010) From incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance: social sorting, sickness and impairment and social security. Policy Studies, 31 (2). pp. 265-282. ISSN 1470-1006

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Abstract

This article focuses upon the introduction of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) as a replacement for the main income replacement benefit, Incapacity Benefit (IB), for sick and/or disabled people in Britain. The article argues that the process of claiming ESA, a process that is dependent upon medicalised perceptions of capability to work and which is aimed at managing the perceived economic and social costs of sick and impaired people, is a means of sorting sick and/or disabled people into subgroups of claimants. The article goes on to discuss the implications of this observation with regard to explanations of the disadvantages that sick and/or disabled people face and their implications for the income of such people. The article concludes that because the shift from IB to ESA is premised upon a number of mistaken assumptions, it represents a retrograde development for people who are sick and/or who have impairments.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Policy Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 55039
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2012 12:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55039

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