Blighted by benefits?

My thriving 20 year-old business has been blighted by apparently random decisions about the Access To Work support I need – and the dispute has been going on for 5 years!  If you have good or bad experiences about how changes in benefit policies have changed your life as a disabled person, please take part in this research project.  I’ve worked with Eva before in relation to self-employed disabled people and I’m going to tell her my story too.

Research Study: The impact of benefit changes on disabled self-employed people

Are you a disabled business owner, or self-employed, based in the UK? Have you been affected by changes to disability and work-related benefits, such as Disability Living Allowance and Access to Work, over the past decade? If so, consider supporting a research study funded by Manchester Metropolitan University on the impact of benefit changes on (1) personal well-being, (2) working practices and (3) business performance of disabled people and those with long-term health conditions who are in self-employment.

Since 2010, consecutive UK Governments have initiated welfare reforms to cut public spending. Disabled people have been particularly affected, for example, by the introduction of more restrictive criteria on claiming certain benefits. Little is known about the effects of these changes on the individual chances of remaining and thriving in self-employment or business ownership. The study will inform policy makers by contributing to our understanding of the role that welfare support plays in enabling, or constraining, self-employed people and those aspiring to become self-employed.

Taking part in the study involves an interview, face-to-face or over the telephone. More information can be found on the following link:

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr Eva Kašperová (Email:, Tel: 07944856484).


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