Work and Pay

Disabled People, Poverty, and the Labour Market

  • Published 19th Oct 2006
  • Authors: Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Work and Pay

Thirty per cent of disabled adults of working age (aged 25 to retirement) are living in poverty – around one and a half million people. This poverty rate is around double that for non-disabled adults and, unlike that for children and pensioners, rather than having fallen in recent years, is arguably rising. The Government’s anti-poverty strategy is centred on the phrase ‘work for those who can, security for those who cannot’. For disabled working-age adults, neither part of this phrase is yet in place. This report considers the relationship between poverty, work and disability and what the governments goals for reform should be.