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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 1999): Social Security - UK - Disabled People

DISABILITY BENEFIT : A REVIEW OF THE ISSUES AND OPTIONS FOR REFORM

R. Berthoud
York: York Publishing, 1998

Review finds that the fourfold rise in the cost of disability benefits over the past 18 years is due to an increase in the number of claimants, not an improvement in the generosity of the available benefits. The growth in the number of people claiming was not caused by a rise in the number of initial claims, but by an increase in length of time spent on benefit. With high levels of unemployment, employers have become more selective in their choice of staff, and disabled people have been excluded.

HARMAN TO OUTLINE PROJECTS TO HELP DISABLED

N. Timmins
Financial Times, 9th July 1998, p. 10

Reports announcement of "New Deal" pilots for disabled people wishing to return to work. They will provide personal advisers on the lines of the scheme for lone parents and will be run by the Employment Service and alliances of employers and voluntary groups.

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