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The impact of UK welfare reforms on disabled self employed people

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 24th September 2019

A new study is gathering insights from disabled self employed people and business owners on the effects of social security changes.

This pilot study aims to investigate the impact of UK welfare reforms on disabled people and people with long term conditions who are self employed or business owners.

The reforms over the past decade have affected the income, living standards and opportunities of many groups in society.  Disabled people have been particularly affected by changes to work and disability-related benefits, such as Access to Work and Disability Living Allowance. However, we know little about the impact of these changes on those in self employment and business ownership. The study will gather insights from disabled self employed people and business owners on the likely effects of benefit changes on their personal wellbeing, working practices and business performance.

The study is funded by Manchester Metropolitan University and led by Dr Eva Kašperová, working with Professor Julia Rouse. Taking part in the study involves an interview, face-to-face or over the telephone. Please contact Eva Kašperová at e.kasperova@mmu.ac.uk if you would like more information, or visit the following: Dropbox site (this link will take you away from our website) for information.

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