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What impact has claiming benefits had on your life?

March 21, 2018

Research is now being carried out by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) into the impact of welfare reform on disabled people’s lives – and they want to make sure people with M.E. are included.

The DBC, of which Action for M.E. is a member, wants to recruit 50 participants with long-term conditions or mental health conditions to take part in qualitative, interview-based research, which they’ve commissioned the University of East Anglia and University of Glasgow to undertake.

Participants will be interviewed in their experiences of claiming ESA, PIP or Universal Credit and the impact it’s had on their lives.

Anyone interviewed will be reimbursed for their time with a non-cash voucher and interviews can be held over the phone or in-person, with the research team saying they are happy to travel to participants, and costs will be covered.

The DBC hopes the research will help them better understand the extent to which disabled people feel that the level of benefit they currently receive enables them to meet their financial needs, how that support affects their wider quality of life and their goals for the future.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Tom Porter at the University of East Anglia directly by emailing t.porter@uea.ac.uk or calling 01603 597 689.