Disability research and welfare reform: Final programme

'The Hardest Hit': Disability research and welfare reform
Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Gregg
Thursday 20th September 2012, Leeds

This one-day symposium focuses on the consequences for sick and disabled people of welfare reform and benefit cuts. The final programme is now available below, and abstracts/further details are available on the website<http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/about/events/hardest_hit.php>. If you have an interest in issues of disability and welfare reform then you are welcome to attend, whether you are an early career academic, more senior academic, or practitioner/policymaker.

To register and pay for this event, please click here<http://store.leeds.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=78&modid=1&compid=1>. If you have any dietary and/or access requirements, or have any problems in registering, then please email Ben Baumberg (b.p.baumberg@kent.ac.uk<mailto:b.p.baumberg@kent.ac.uk>). Registration fees are £20 (including lunch), or £10 for postgraduates. Support for this event is kindly provided by Social Policy Association.

Ben Baumberg (Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent), b.p.baumberg@kent.ac.uk<mailto:b.p.baumberg@kent.ac.uk>
Ruth Patrick (PhD Student in Social Policy, University of Leeds), r.patrick@leeds.ac.uk<mailto:r.patrick@leeds.ac.uk>

9.30am Registration
10.00am Welcome
10:05am Keynote speech by Paul Gregg, 'Disability, employment and welfare reform'
10.55am Coffee
11.10am Paper session 1:
Kayleigh Garthwaite - "Fear of the brown envelope: sickness benefits recipients and welfare reform"
Jenny Ceolta-Smith - "Supporting benefit recipients' health and wellbeing: A role for the Personal Adviser?"
Dan Heap - "Integrating and mainstreaming disabled benefit claimants into the 'active' UK welfare state"
(Lead Respondent, Roy Sainsbury (University of York))

12:40pm Lunch
1:25pm Paper session two - parallel papers
Stream 1

Stream 2

Vicky Byrne & Libby McEnhill - "'Beat the Cheat": Justifying Disability Benefit Reform'

Jackie King-Owen & Derrick Skinner -'The cumulative impact of the cuts on people with learning difficulties - real-life case studies'

Larry Arnold - 'If you are not normal you don't exist: the denial of disability in the coalition government'

Armineh Soorenian - 'Economic Austerity and disabled women'

Lead Respondent, Colin Lindsay (University of Strathclyde)

Lead Respondent, Roy Sainsbury
(University of York)

2:25pm Coffee
2.45pm Paper session three
Liz Tilly - 'Making Ends Meet; exploring social capital and poverty in the lives of people with a learning disability who live without support'
Claire Preston - "Online Collective Action Against Disability Benefits Cuts: the grassroots response to a green paper"
David Frayne - 'Self-care and the Refusal of Work'
(Lead respondent Colin Lindsay (University of Strathclyde))

4:15pm Closing reflections with Paul Gregg, Colin Lindsay & Roy Sainsbury
4.45pm Close followed by drinks reception
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