This report presents findings from a survey of disabled claimants of working age benefits. The research was commissioned in May 2013 to inform a disability employment strategy, which will be published by the Department later this year. The research was conducted to investigate disabled claimants’ current circumstances, health conditions and attitudes towards work.
The research was conducted by Ipsos MORI using members of their established online survey panel. In total 1349 disabled claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit completed the online survey between 7 May and 13 May 2013.
The key objectives of the research were to gather information from disabled benefit claimants on:
- their health condition and perception of their disability status
- support they were receiving to help find employment and current jobseeking activity
- the barriers that they perceived to obtaining employment and the types of support that would be helpful to find work
- their attitudes towards work
- employment and benefit history
The survey was designed as a snapshot data collection exercise. It was not designed to be comparable with other surveys of disabled benefit claimants, due to differences in methodology.
Findings from the survey will be used in the development of a disability employment strategy which will be published later in the year.