Mental health and social security: the case of the Incapacity Benefit in Northern Ireland


Prior, Pauline M. and McGilloway, Sinéad and Herron, Stanley and Donnelly, Michael (1998) Mental health and social security: the case of the Incapacity Benefit in Northern Ireland. Health and Social Care in the Community, 6 (2). pp. 71-77. ISSN 0966-0410

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Abstract

Although mental illness affects people from all income levels, a significant proportion of discharged psychiatric patients rely heavily on the benefit system. Therefore, changes in benefit entitlement are of great concern to these people who already find this system difficult to use. In the summer of 1995, using both focus groups and individual interviews, the views of 35 individuals with mental health problems and of five organizations involved in advocacy work were sought on the introduction of the Incapacity Benefit. These views raised serious questions about the extent to which the benefit system meets the needs of claimants with mental health problems, on the relevance of the models of disability used in sickness benefits, and on the impact of the Incapacity Benefit and the Job Seeker's Allowance on people with mental health problems and confirmed the need for further research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: benefit; incapacity; mental health; mental illness; Northern Ireland; social security;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 9313
Identification Number: 10.1046/j.1365-2524.1998.00103.x
Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 17:14
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in the Community
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Refereed: Yes
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