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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2003): Services for the Disabled - UK

CREDIT IS NOT ENOUGH

A. U. Sale

Community Care, Mar. 27th - Apr. 2nd 2003, p. 38-39

Many parents of disabled children are prevented from working by lack of suitable childcare in spite of financial help through tax credits.

DISTINGUISHING DISABILITY AND INCAPACITY

P. Spicker

International Social Security Review, vol. 56, no. 2, 2003, p. 31-43

Paper discusses distinctions between disability and incapacity for work and examines the implications of these distinctions for social policy, using illustrative examples drawn from the UK. Disability refers to a functional limitation in ordinary activity, while incapacity for work concerns people who are unable to work due to a medical condition. People can be disabled without being unable to work, and unable to work without being disabled.

OPEN SEASON

B. Morgan

Health Service Journal, vol. 113, Apr. 23rd 2003, p. 26-27

Reports on a disability access audit carried out at a community and mental health trust operating over 50 sites. The audit revealed that a £2.3m programme of remedial work was needed. The audit was followed up by a staff training programme in disability awareness. The trust's information systems now show if a patient did not attend an appointment due to difficulties with physical access. All letters to patients are now produced in a minimum 12-point type.

PRELIMINARY RESEARCH INTO THE ADDITIONAL NEEDS OF DISABLED PEOPLE

B. Dobson, L. Cox and L. Keith

Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy, University of Loughborough, 2003 (CRSP 465)

Presents findings of focus groups at which disabled people with a range of impairments gave their views on the costs of disability. Disabled people struggled to meet the costs of the equipment and services they needed out of fixed incomes. All participants emphasized their need for more information about their entitlements to health and social services and to state financial support.

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