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Fear, confusion and participation: Incapacity Benefit claimants and (compulsory) work focused interviews.

Grant, Aimee 2011. Fear, confusion and participation: Incapacity Benefit claimants and (compulsory) work focused interviews. Research, Policy and Planning 28 (3) , pp. 161-171.

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Abstract

This article describes Incapacity Benefit (IB) claimants’ experiences of attending compulsory Work Focused Interviews. It presents findings from a qualitative study which involved observation of Work Focused Interviews (referred to henceforth as ‘Interviews’) and the conduct of semi-structured interviews with IB claimants. In doing so, challenges in accessing vulnerable groups are described. The findings demonstrate that levels of fear regarding compulsory attendance at interviews were high, and that this could be exacerbated by earlier negative experiences of claiming benefits. The article also describes claimants’ experiences of participating in Work Focused Activity, if any, before outlining attempts the claimants had made to move towards work. It concludes by considering implications for policy in light of the increased conditionality introduced by Employment and Support Allowance and the proposed changes by the Coalition Government.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Social Services Research Group
Funders: ESRC
Date of Acceptance: 2011
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89323

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