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The diversion from 'unemployment' to 'sickness' across British regions and districts

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  • Christina Beatty
  • Stephen Fothergill
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    Beatty C. and Fothergill S. (2005) The diversion from 'unemployment' to 'sickness' across British regions and districts, Regional Studies 39 , 837-854. Around 2.7 million non-employed adults of working age in the UK claim sickness-related benefits, and the numbers have risen steeply over time. The very large variation in the numbers across districts and regions points strongly to extensive hidden unemployment, especially in older industrial areas affected by job losses. This paper builds on two previous papers by the same authors - one dealing with the theoretical framework and the other with a local case study - to present wholly new estimates of the scale of the diversion across all parts of the country. It also questions contemporary perceptions of the UK labour market and the validity of current approaches to re-engaging sickness claimants with employment.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 837-854

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:7:p:837-854

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    Keywords: Unemployment; Sickness; Social Security; Districts; Chomage; Maladie; Securite sociale; Districts; Erwerbslosigkeit; Krankheit; Sozialhilfe; Distrikte; Desempleo; Incapacidad laboral; Seguridad social; Distritos; JEL classifications: J64; J68; R23;

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    1. Burkhauser, Richard V. & Daly, Mary C. & McVicar, Duncan & Wilkins, Roger, 2013. "Disability benefit growth and disability reform in the U.S.: lessons from other OECD nations," Working Paper Series 2013-40, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
    2. Alex Fenton & Amanda Fitzgerald & Ruth Lupton, 2013. "Labour's Record on Neighbourhood Renewal in England: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997-2010," CASE - Social Policy in a Cold Climate Working Paper 06, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
    3. Norman, Paul & Boyle, Paul & Exeter, Daniel & Feng, Zhiqiang & Popham, Frank, 2011. "Rising premature mortality in the UK’s persistently deprived areas: Only a Scottish phenomenon?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 73(11), pages 1575-1584.
    4. Alex Fenton & Amanda Fitzgerald & Ruth Lupton, 2013. "Labour’s Record on Neighbourhood Renewal in England: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997-2010," CASE Papers /177, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.

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