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Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work

David Wainwright

Edited by Elaine Wainwright, Rachel Black and Susan Kenyon

in Work, Health and Wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428080
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305637 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0008
Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work

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This chapter presents findings from a qualitative study of long-term Incapacity Benefit (IB) recipients who had utilised return-to-work interventions. Returning Incapacity Benefit recipients to work is high on the UK government's agenda. Although several interventions have been piloted in the Pathways to Work initiative, which has proven moderately successful at returning new IB claimants to work, we know little about how they are experienced by long-term IB recipients. Addressing the needs of this group is essential to meeting the Government's aim of moving over one million people off IB. A Council in Southern England was among the first to provide a service targeted specifically at long-term IB recipients, but it had limited success. The chapter presents data from qualitative interviews to generate an account of service users' experiences. The study reveals the damage to self and social identity that often accompanies life on IB, and the need to develop bespoke and holistic interventions to repair this damage.

Keywords: incapacity benefit; long-standing illness; interventions; return to work; self-identity

Chapter.  9835 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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