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Disability and employment in Scotland: a review of the evidence base (summary)

Authors:
RIDDELL Sheila, TINKLIN Theresa, BANKS Pauline
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive Social research
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh
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Disability and employment in Scotland: a review of the evidence base (full text)

Authors:
RIDDELL Sheila, TINKLIN Theresa, BANKS Pauline
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive Social research
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
148p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh
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Disability in Scotland: a baseline study

Authors:
RIDDELL Sheila, BANKS Pauline
Publisher:
Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
144p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow
Journal article

Transparent or opaque?: disabled people in Scotland describe their experience of applying for Disability Living Allowance

Authors:
BANKS Pauline, LAWRENCE Maggie
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work, 5(3), December 2005, pp.299-317.
Publisher:
Sage

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a UK social security benefit designed to meet the extra costs associated with disability. It has been suggested that some people with disabilities who are eligible for DLA do not claim the benefit, and amongst those who do claim there are inconsistencies of award decision-making. The aim of this research was to establish the level of knowledge relating to DLA amongst disabled people in Scotland and to explore the process of application from the perspective of those involved. Questionnaires were distributed through voluntary organizations. Six hundred and six completed questionnaires were received.  Almost all respondents (97%) found the form difficult to complete. Many respondents indicated that they could not have completed the forms themselves, particularly those with learning disabilities, mental health problems and/or difficulty concentrating. Many applicants believed that decisions were inconsistent and often based on inadequate understanding of individual circumstances. A significant number of applicants (42.9%) who were subsequently awarded the benefit were turned down on their first application. The findings of this study suggest that the Scottish Parliament should ensure that disabled people have access to advice and guidance about welfare benefits irrespective of whether potential applicants are in contact with social work departments. More generally, the findings prompt questions about how the additional costs associated with disability are managed elsewhere. Social workers should be proactive in providing information and advice relating to welfare benefits in Scotland and in other countries.

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Seeing the invisible children and young people affected by disability

Authors:
BANKS Pauline, et al
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 16(6), October 2001, pp.797-814.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Presents a brief review of literature relating to children in families with a disabled member, including the 'young carers' and disability studies literature, and relevant works from the social psychology and sociology of childhood. Key themes identified in the literature are then illustrated by findings from two exploratory research studies that sought to explore the experiences and service needs of children in families with a disabled member, within two Scottish areas. The authors suggest that, although young people affected by disability in the family, including young carers, face significant problems, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas, there are other issues that need to be addressed. Alternative conceptual frameworks are proposed, which challenge the dominance of the young carers research paradigm.

Journal article

Does the covert nature of caring prohibit the development of effective services for young carers?

Authors:
BANKS Pauline, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 30(3), August 2002, pp.229-246.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Almost 3 million children in the UK live in households where at least one family member is affected by chronic illness or disability. A proportion of these children will be young carers. This article begins with a brief review of the literature relating to young carers. Particular attention is then paid to the adoption of a caring role, the'hidden' nature of caring including young people's reluctance to discuss their caring, the impact of caring on education, and the location and type of services provided. The findings of a small-scale study carried out in Scotland are presented in order to highlight some of the issues raised in the literature. Discussion focuses on the implications for the field of guidance and counselling.

Journal article

A flexible gateway to employment? Disabled people and the Employment Service's Work Preparation programme in Scotland

Authors:
RIDDELL Sheila, BANKS Pauline, WILSON Alastair
Journal article citation:
Policy and Politics, 30(2), April 2002, pp.231-230.
Publisher:
Policy Press

Provides a brief discussion of the historical background to employment policy for disabled people, focusing in particular on job rehabilitation and work preparation policies and programmes. Goes on to discuss the nature and outcomes of the Work Preparation Programme in Scotland, drawing on DfEE-funded research. Concludes that the Programme is only achieving modest gains. Particular groups of disabled people, such as people with mental health problems, have fewer opportunities to participate and poorer outcomes. Better outcomes may be achieved if additional and ongoing support for disabled people with higher support needs were available.

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