Benefits conditionality for disabled people: Stylised facts from a review of international evidence and practice

Ben Baumberg Geiger*

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Abstract

While behavioural conditionality for disability benefit claimants has been increasing, there is little evidence on its implementation or impacts. This article summarises existing studies, alongside an international review based on 140 documents and 38 expert interviews, into four 'stylised facts': (1) requirements for disability benefit claimants are common, but sanctioning is rare; (2) assessment and support are critical for implementing conditionality; (3) limited but robust existing evidence suggests that sanctioning may have zero or even negative impacts on work-related outcomes for disabled people; and (4) individual case studies suggest that sanctioning can lead to destitution and affect mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-128
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Activation
  • Benefits
  • Disability
  • Sanctions
  • Social security
  • Welfare reform

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