‘The unwilling and the unwell’? Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of working with long term sickness benefits recipients

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This paper draws on qualitative research with Incapacity Benefit (IB) stakeholders in the North East of England, UK. Stakeholders’ experiences of working with long-term sickness benefits recipients reveal multiple barriers that both sick and disabled people, and themselves as practitioners, clearly face. Reflections on what ongoing welfare reform could mean for future practice for both stakeholders and recipients will be explored. The findings suggests that whilst stakeholders recognise the complex barriers faced by those receiving sickness benefits, a wider moral dialogue between ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ is being created and sustained as a result of negative stereotyping of sickness benefits recipients.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1117
Number of pages13
JournalDisability & Society
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2013