Research and analysis

Understanding the needs of people with mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities and the implications for the Pension, Disability and Carers Service (RR654)

Study into the needs, preferences and experiences of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities when claiming benefits.

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Understanding the needs of people with mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities and the implications for the Pension, Disability and Carers Service (RR654): report

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Understanding the needs of people with mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities and the implications for the Pension, Disability and Carers Service (RR654): summary

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Detail

By Andrew Butters, Mike Webster and Matt Hill

This literature review was commissioned to understand the needs, preferences and experiences of people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities when accessing benefits, specifically Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA). The main objectives of the review were to understand the existing evidence related to:

  • needs and expectations
  • service provision and access
  • networks
  • channel preferences.

The Pension, Disability and Carers Service (PDCS) is keen to identify the particular needs of these groups and any barriers they may face when accessing PDCS services. This report presents the key findings and implications.