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Research Project: Social Security and Family Life

Social Security and Family Life Research Project

The University of Birmingham Business School is carrying out a two-year research project about the long-term experiences of families where one or more family members receives, has recently received, or has applied for Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment. We are interested in:

1. People’s experiences, whether or not the claim has resulted in the award of the benefit.
2. How individuals and families are affected by social security entitlements and any changes to them.
3. Experiences of any other allowances which may have been received (such as Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance).

Participation would be via an interview that would normally last about 45 minutes (face-to-face or by phone). Each person who is interviewed will receive a £10 voucher and will be a part of an important research project that helps raise awareness and understanding of how changes to social security benefits affect disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

If you could pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested in participating, we’d greatly appreciate it.

Please also see our website www.birmingham.ac.uk/social-security-and-family-life for more information about the project, our contact details, and to contact us directly.

Thank you, and if you have any questions or would like to talk more about the project we would be very pleased to hear from you. You can email us here: disabilityresearch@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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EVENT: IMAGINE Research Café on Work, Incapacity and Resilience (17th May 2013, Sheffield, UK)

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Event: IMAGINE Research Café

Date: Friday, 17th May 2013

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Room 9016, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. For a map of City Campus click here.

Slot 1:  Prof Christina Beatty, CRESR and Dr Sionnadh McLean, CHSCR

Christina Beatty leads the Data Analysis and Policy Team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research.  For the past twenty years Christina has researched issues around hidden unemployment, the location and the growth in numbers claiming incapacity benefits across the country, and the impacts of welfare reform.  Sionnadh McLean is a Reader in Physiotherapy and is based at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research. Prior to joining SHU in 2007 she was a practising clinician for 15 years. Sionnadh’s research interests revolve around improving the effectiveness of exercise prescription, taking into account the biopsychosocial circumstances of individuals.

Their Imagine project looks at addressing the real needs of incapacity claimants.  This project investigates the resilience of individuals and communities in the face of major welfare reform which affects over 2.5m people of working age on out-of-work disability benefits.  The project will gather evidence on the health interventions, experimental initiatives and interventional strategies which offer potential to bolster the resilience of disability claimants to cope with the increased demands of welfare reform to return to work. The research team includes Professor Steve Fothergill and Kirsty Duncan. 

Slot 2: Dr Jon Warren, Durham University

Jon Warren has worked in the Geography department at Durham University since 2009.  Prior to that he worked in the School for Applied Social Sciences. Jon is currently managing a major project which is evaluating an initiative which aims to improve the health of long term incapacity benefit (IB) recipients. The evaluation has been funded by Durham NHS primary care trust.

Jon is interested in the Sociology of Work and the history of work and industry in the North East in particular. His doctoral research explored the working lives and wider narratives of workers involved with the Call Centre Industry in both the North East of England and India.