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      Dismantling the social safety net: social security reforms, disability and mental health conditions

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      BJPsych Bulletin
      Cambridge University Press
      Mental health conditions, welfare reforms, disability, sickness, social policy

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          This article examines the effects of UK welfare reform since 2008 on people with mental health conditions and disabilities. The results have been profound, particularly during a time of economic austerity, damaging the social safety net and pushing many vulnerable people into poverty and hardship. It has perpetuated inequalities and increased the social exclusion of disabled groups. The holes in the safety net require repair, alongside extensive social policy reform to both protect and empower people with disabilities and long-term conditions.

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          Journal
          BJPsych Bull
          BJB
          BJPsych Bulletin
          Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK )
          2056-4694
          2056-4708
          October 2020
          : 44
          : 5
          : 208-212
          Affiliations
          [1]Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London , UK
          Author notes
          Correspondence to Jed Boardman ( jedboard@ 123456atlas.co.uk )
          Article
          PMC7525580 PMC7525580 7525580 S2056469420000790
          10.1192/bjb.2020.79
          7525580
          32674748
          b35d229c-ca97-4f2f-8f8a-3fa916f86ebe
          © The Authors 2020

          This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the same Creative Commons licence is included and the original work is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use.

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          References: 43, Pages: 5
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          social policy,welfare reforms,Mental health conditions,sickness,disability

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