Speech marks: the negative impact of MP's stigmatising language on welfare policy.

Document type
Discussion paper
Horwitz, Will
Community Links
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This discussion paper examines the language used by MPs to discuss welfare claimants. The author finds that it is frequently negative and creates an unfavourable public perception of those in this situation. He describ s the long-term effects on claimants' health, confidence and ability to find employment. He also presents evidence from interviews with claimants indicating that these attitudes are common among Jobcentre staff. In conclusion, he discusses the findings of workshops run by Community Links to investigate this programme and ways to change public attitudes to those affected.

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