Assessing the Evidence Base on Health, Employability and the Labour Market - Lessons for Activation in the UK

Lindsay, Colin, Greve, Bent, Cabras, Ignazio, Ellison, Nick and Kellett, Stephen (2015) Assessing the Evidence Base on Health, Employability and the Labour Market - Lessons for Activation in the UK. Social Policy and Administration, 49 (2). pp. 143-160. ISSN 0144 5596

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/spol.12116

Abstract

This article draws on the research of authors participating in this Special Issue, as well as a broader evidence review on how health, disability, labour market inequalities and other factors contribute to high levels of disability benefit (DB) claiming among certain communities. We argue that the evidence points to a complex combination of factors feeding into high levels of DB claiming in the UK and beyond, namely: geographical concentrations of health problems and disability-related barriers; gaps in employability and skills; and labour market inequalities that limit the quantity and quality of work opportunities in some regions. The article then provides a comparative, critical commentary on the evolution of activation and welfare reform policies in the UK and (briefly) Denmark – a welfare state that has experienced similarly high levels of DB claiming, but has adopted very different policy responses. Specifically, we discuss the extent to which emerging active labour market policies, occupational health services and changes to the benefit system reflect the evidence on the nature of the barriers faced by people on DBs. The article concludes by identifying recommendations for health, employment and labour market policies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Incapacity, disability, UK welfare reform, Denmark, activation
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21967

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