Picture of person typing on laptop with programming code visible on the laptop screen

World class computing and information science research at Strathclyde...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the Department of Computer & Information Sciences involved in mathematically structured programming, similarity and metric search, computer security, software systems, combinatronics and digital health.

The Department also includes the iSchool Research Group, which performs leading research into socio-technical phenomena and topics such as information retrieval and information seeking behaviour.

Explore

Assessing the evidence base on health, employability and the labour market : lessons for activation in the UK

Lindsay, Colin and Greve, Bent and Cabras, Ignazio and Ellison, Nick and Kellett, Steve (2015) Assessing the evidence base on health, employability and the labour market : lessons for activation in the UK. Social Policy and Administration, 49 (2). pp. 143-160. ISSN 0144-5596

[img]
Preview
Text (Lindsay-etal-SPA-2015-Assessing-the-evidence-base-on-health-employability)
Lindsay_etal_SPA_2015_Assessing_the_evidence_base_on_health_employability.pdf - Accepted Author Manuscript

Download (259kB) | Preview

Abstract

This article draws on the research of authors participating in this Special Issue, as well as a broader evidence review on how health, disability, labour market inequalities and other factors contribute to high levels of disability benefit (DB) claiming among certain communities. We argue that the evidence points to a complex combination of factors feeding into high levels of DB claiming in the UK and beyond, namely: geographical concentrations of health problems and disability-related barriers; gaps in employability and skills; and labour market inequalities that limit the quantity and quality of work opportunities in some regions. The article then provides a comparative, critical commentary on the evolution of activation and welfare reform policies in the UK and (briefly) Denmark – a welfare state that has experienced similarly high levels of DB claiming, but has adopted very different policy responses. Specifically, we discuss the extent to which emerging active labour market policies, occupational health services and changes to the benefit system reflect the evidence on the nature of the barriers faced by people on DBs. The article concludes by identifying recommendations for health, employment and labour market policies.