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Exploring the impact of welfare reform on the lives of disabled people

Study title

Exploring the impact of welfare reform on the lives of disabled people  


University of East Anglia, UK, and the University of Glasgow, UK, on behalf of the Disability Benefits Consortium

About the study

Disability benefits have changed in recent years. This includes changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA), and the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

Changes to benefits include:

  • New assessments
  • Eligibility criteria
  • The amount of support available

This research is about listening to, and learning from, the experiences of disabled people and people living with mental health and fluctuating conditions, such as epilepsy.

When will this study be recruiting?

Now, until July 2018

What will participants be asked to do?

If you agree to take part, a researcher will contact you to arrange an interview.

We would like to hear your experience of benefits assessments, eligibility and rates of awards.

We would also like to understand how changes to disability benefits have affected your everyday life, your ability to access work, and your participation in family and community life.

Interviews will usually take place by telephone, but we can arrange a face-to-face interview if you prefer.

Interviews will take about one hour and will be audio recorded. The transcript of your interview will be anonymised, meaning we will remove all personally identifying information (such as any names or places you may mention).

You may stop the interview at any time and withdraw from the study whenever you like.

As a token of our appreciation, we will offer you a £20 in non-cash voucher for taking part.

Who can take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Are disabled or have a long term health condition, including epilepsy
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have experience of Universal Credits, Personal Independence Payments/or Employment Support Allowance
  • Live in the UK

Who is conducting the research?

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the University of Glasgow, on behalf of the Disability Benefits Consortium 

Who has reviewed this study?

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee, University of East Anglia. 


For more information about this research and how to take part in an interview, please contact Tom Porter

Tel: 01603 597 689
Email: t.porter@uea.ac.uk

Event Date: 
Tuesday 12 May 2015

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