Work, rest and pay: The deal for personal assistance users

Ann Kestenbaum with Helena Cava

Personal assistance users who work may be left with little of their earnings above Income Support level after paying for that assistance.

Means tests operated by local authorities and the Independent Living Funds mean that disabled people who need personal assistance have little financial incentive to work, although many would like to do so. Based on interviews with 42 disabled people, Work, rest and pay explores the different factors that affect their decisions about working, including the complexities of organising personal assistance arrangements which fit into and around a working life. The conclusion discusses ways forward in terms of policy changes.

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