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Choices, opportunities and barriers
Author: Laura Hemingway

This book provides a comprehensive investigation of housing issues for disabled people from a social model perspective. Documenting historical and current trends, it looks at policy, barriers to housing options and meanings of ‘home’. Such a review is crucial to understanding the varying housing needs and desires of disabled people, particularly in the current economic climate. The book is a practical resource for housing policy makers and practitioners, and will be of interest to academics and students in the field.

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Is employment really the answer?

This is the first book to challenge the concept of paid work for disabled people as a means to ‘independence’ and ‘self determination’. Recent attempts in many countries to increase the employment rates of disabled people have actually led to an erosion of financial support for many workless disabled people and their increasing stigmatisation as ‘scroungers’. Led by the disability movement’s concern with the employment choices faced by disabled people, this controversial book uses sociological and philosophical approaches, as well as international examples, to critically engage with possible alternatives to paid work. Essential reading for students, practitioners, activists and anyone interested in relationships between work, welfare and disability.

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1 ONE Disabled people, work and welfare Chris Grover and Linda Piggott Encouraged by national and international pressures, there have been attempts in many countries in recent decades to increase the employment rates of disabled people. In Britain, for example, Labour governments between 1997 and 2010 developed several policies with such aims. These policies have been extended since 2010 by Britain’s coalition government. The British example is instructive because it demonstrates the range of often contradictory considerations – economic, moral and social

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Part Two Social policy, work and disabled people

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105 SIX Disabled people and employment in Poland Monika Struck-Peregończyk Introduction The Republic of Poland is a Central European country with a population of 38.5 million people. It is estimated that between 12.2% and 21.5% of the Polish population can be considered as disabled. The lower figure comes from the last National Census carried out in 2011 (CSO, 2013a, p 24), which defines a disabled person as ‘a person who has an appropriate disability certificate or a person who does not have such a certificate but has a limited ability to perform basic

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169 w t e Disabled people and jobs Richard Berthoud The economic position of disabled people is often summarised by comparing their overall employment rate with that of non-disabled people. But the average figure masks a very wide range of variation in the prospects faced by individual disabled people – immensely wider than the range for the population as a whole. The severity of their impairments is a crucial influence, but the Labour Force Survey makes no attempt to measure it. Disabled people are also sensitive to other disadvantaging factors such as age and

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Part 3 Benefits for disabled people (Chapters in this part of the book were largely written by Marilyn Howard)

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Author: Roy Sainsbury

59 4 Disabled people and carers Roy Sainsbury Summary The UK social security system is somewhat unusual in its provisions for disabled people and the people who care for them compared with other countries. In addition to income replacement benefits for people outside the labour market, since the 1970s there have been benefits that address the extra costs of being disabled and the loss of income from work for carers. These benefits have been through a series of reforms in subsequent decades, but were not included in the major social security changes from

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Author: Kate Stanley

29 TWO The missing million: the challenges of employing more disabled people Kate Stanley More disabled1 people are out of work and claiming disability-related benefits than when the Labour government came to power in 1997 (ONS, 1997, 2003a). At the same time, more disabled people are in work. This is possible because the overall number of people with long- term ill-health or a disability has grown to seven million and the employment rate of disabled people is hovering at just under 50% (ONS, 2002). The scale of the challenge of supporting more disabled people

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59 FOUR Disabled people, employment and the Work Preparation programme Sheila Riddell and Pauline Banks Introduction According to Floyd and Curtis (2000), it is the aim of all European governments to increase the economic activity of disabled people. From the government’s point of view, there is a perception that the cost of the growth in the number of disabled people claiming long- term disability benefits is unsustainable, but also that non-employment brings financial and health risks to disabled people and their families. From the perspective of the disability

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