Lived Experiences of Mental Health Problems and Welfare Conditionality

Stewart, A. B.R. , Gawlewicz, A. , Bailey, N. , Katikireddi, S. V. and Wright, S. (2020) Lived Experiences of Mental Health Problems and Welfare Conditionality. Working Paper. University of Glasgow, Glasgow.

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This paper explores experiences and impacts of welfare conditionality among people with mental health problems in the UK. Understanding of these experiences and impacts is crucial given the UK Government’s ambition to increase the number of people with mental health problems who enter, return or stay in employment. The paper is based on a secondary analysis of 144 interviews originally conducted as part of the Welfare Conditionality project running between 2013 and 2018. Overall, it establishes that welfare conditionality does not have a positive impact on behavioural change and return to employment for people with mental health problems. Furthermore, it shows that those categorised as unfit for work are excluded from back-to-work support. Finally, it demonstrates that mental health is invalidated within the welfare system, and the pressure and poverty arising from conditionality and sanctions are likely to exacerbate mental health problems.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Katikireddi, Professor Vittal and Stewart, Dr Alasdair and Wright, Professor Sharon and Bailey, Professor Nick and Gawlewicz, Dr Anna
Authors: Stewart, A. B.R., Gawlewicz, A., Bailey, N., Katikireddi, S. V., and Wright, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Publisher:University of Glasgow
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Sharon Wright
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

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