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.
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.