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The impact of the transition to Personal Independence Payment on claimants with mental health problems

MACHIN, Richard and MCCORMACK, Fiona (2021) The impact of the transition to Personal Independence Payment on claimants with mental health problems. Disability and Society, 36 (8). ISSN 0968-7599 (In Press)

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This paper examines the impact of major social security reform on mental health claimants by analysing the transition to Personal Independence Payment in the UK. Personal Independence Payment was introduced in April 2013 replacing Disability Living Allowance as the main non-means tested disability benefit intended to assist with the additional costs associated with disability or long-term health conditions. It is important to gain a better understanding of how people with mental health problems have experienced this reform.

Twelve service users were interviewed for this qualitative research. Analysis identified three main themes: problems with the Personal Independence Payment claims process; problems conveying mental health problems during the assessment process; and positive experiences associated with the transition to Personal Independence Payment. This research demonstrates that major changes in benefit policy are challenging for people with mental health problems, particularly when delivered in a climate of austerity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Independence Payment, mental health, disability benefits, welfare reform, disability policy
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Fiona MCCORMACK
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 14:11
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:38
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