From work to incapacity benefits: ill health, skills, stress and insecurity

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There has been much policy interest in incapacity-related benefits in the UK in recent years. This article employs data from a qualitative exploration of routes onto incapacity-related benefits and illustrates some of the processes associated with exiting different sectors of the labour market and making a claim for incapacity benefits. It illustrates that people can have complex conditions that potentially require a holistic and integrated policy approach. Those in the lower sector of the labour market, especially, sometimes perceived that their employment prospects were limited: sometimes by their health, sometimes by the area they lived in, sometimes by the qualifications needed to do what they termed 'good jobs' and sometimes by all of these factors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-98
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • employment/benefits
  • health services issues

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