A worsening picture: Poverty and social exclusion and disabled people

Pauline Heslop, Eric Emerson

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There have been mixed messages in recent years about UK policies for and about disabled people. On the one hand, the disability strategy Fulfilling potential: Making it happenfor disabled people (Department for Work and Pensions, 2013), updated in 2014, sets out the government’s view of a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential. On the other hand, campaigns to strengthen and protect disabled people’s rights made the headlines when the national budget in 2016 was described as a ‘sugar-coated assault on disabled people’ by The Guardian newspaper (The Guardian, 2016). A string of reforms over recent years, including a change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), changes to Employment Support Allowance, and cuts to social care funding have all left disabled people at increased risk of poverty and social exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoverty and social exclusion in the UK
Subtitle of host publicationThe nature and extent of the problem
EditorsEsther Dermott
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781447332169
ISBN (Print)9781447332176, 9781447332152
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • social exclusion
  • disabled people
  • poverty
  • United Kingdom


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