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Debt and disability: findings

Author:
JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
York

Disabled people with problem debts regard living with debt as the most significant aspect of their lives. Debt was usually the result of a combination of circumstances, often directly associated with disability but in the context of low income. The research, by Linda Grant for the Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureaux Debt Support Unit, involved detailed interviews with disabled people who were having debt problems.

Journal article

Price of independence

Author:
CRAIG Gary
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 14.5.92, 1992, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

The Independent Living Fund's uncertain future means a bleak outlook for disabled people.

Journal article

Impact of the timing, type and severity of disability on the subjective well-being of individuals with disabilities

Author:
UPPAL Sharanjit
Journal article citation:
Social Science and Medicine, 63(2), July 2006, pp.525-539.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Despite the existence of a large volume of literature on subjective well-being (SWB) of the general population, very few studies have focused on individuals with disabilities. The present study uses data on 24,036 Canadians with disabilities to investigate factors affecting their SWB. It found that SWB, measured here by level of happiness, decreases with severity of disability but is independent of the type of physical disability. Those born with a disability are likely to be happier as compared to those disabled later on in life. Per capita family income has no effect on happiness. However, unemployment decreases happiness. Happiness is found to be U shaped in age, bottoming out around 40 years of age. Some of these results vary when the sample is split according to the timing, type or severity of disability.

Journal article

Double claim trouble

Author:
VAUX Gary
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 1.11.10, 2001, p.45.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The merging of two households, each claiming different benefits, can be complicated. Provides a case example to show how holistic assessments can benefit the family.

Journal article

Why benefit helpline needs help

Author:
VAUX Gary
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 11.5.00, 2000, p.31.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Asks whether Benefits Agency's Minimum Income Guarantee Helpline aimed at promoting income support, offering good advice on claims and entitlement.

Journal article

Evaluating the vocational rehabilitation program using longitudinal data

Authors:
DEAN David H., DOLAN Robert C., SCHMIDT Robert M.
Journal article citation:
Evaluation Review, 23(2), April 1999, pp.162-189.
Publisher:
Sage

This study presents benefit-cost ratios for 14 disability cohorts served by the Vocational Rehabilitational (VR) Program in the USA. The earnings impacts are estimated in a quasiexperimental framework using an internal comparison group. The results indicate that the VR programme is cost effective in general, although not universally so across specific disabilities.

Journal article

The reach of disability benefits: an examination of the disability living allowance

Authors:
DALY Michael, NOBLE Michael
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 18(1), 1996, pp.37-51.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Key objectives in the 1992 reform of disability benefits were improvements to the scope of benefits and better targeting of funds to those most in need. Questions the success of the disability living allowance (DLA) in achieving these aims.

Journal article

Head above water

Author:
GRANT Linda
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 16.11.95, 1995, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Looks at some possible solutions for disabled people trapped in a spiral of debt and illness.

Book

OPCS Surveys of disability in Great Britain: report 2; the financial circumstances of disabled adults living in private households

Authors:
MARTIN Jean, WHITE Amanda
Publisher:
HMSO
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
81p., tables. bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Results of a survey carried out in 1985 to examine the extent to which disability affects people's income, and to establish amounts spent due to the disability, and to evaluate the overall impact of disability on individuals.

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Poverty and disability: a survey of the literature

Author:
ELWAN Ann
Publisher:
World Bank
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
48p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Washington, DC

This review summarizes the literature on disability and its relationship to poverty, including education, employment, income, and access to basic social services. Despite the dearth of formal analysis, it is clear that in developing countries, as in more developed areas, disabled people (and their families) are more likely than the rest of the population to live in poverty. It is a two-way relationship -- disability adds to the risk of poverty, and conditions of poverty increase the risk of disability. Disability in developing countries stems largely from preventable impairments associated with communicable, maternal and perinatal disease and injuries, and prevention has to remain a primary focus. An increasing emphasis on community based participatory rehabilitation reflects growing recognition of the inadequacy of past official programs, particularly involving specialized and exclusionary institutions.

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