BBC Radio Stoke, 4 February 2016

Senior Researcher Ed Holmes appeared on BBC Radio Stoke to discuss the publication of Reform‘s latest report, Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits, which argues that a complete overhaul of the current disability welfare system is needed.

During the interview, he highlighted the fact that there are failings in the current system, in which claimant numbers have barely changed in a decade, unlike for other benefits in which claimant numbers have been failing. He argued that radical change is needed. The proposed system of a single out-of-work benefit rate, with an opportunity for personalisation, would help people move back into work and encourage a “positive conversation” about people’s ability to work.