BBC Radio Wales, 4 February 2016

Senior Research Director Charlotte Pickles appeared on BBC Radio Wales to discuss the findings of Reform‘s report, Working welfare: a radically new approach to sickness and disability benefits, in which it is argued that a complete overhaul of the existing disability welfare system is needed.

Charlotte argued that the current system has failed in its aim to bring more disabled people into work, with 2.5 million people claiming today in comparison to 2.6 million a decade ago. Higher rate benefits can actually act as a “barrier” stopping people moving back into work. Instead, a single out-of-work benefit rate would be a viable alternative option. She also pointed out that the report also recommends reinvesting savings from reducing certain benefit rates into support services, and to support extra costs for extremely disabled people.