Mental health, welfare conditionality & employment support: Policy recommendations & key findings
The current provision of social security and employment support in Scotland and the wider UK do not effectively recognise mental health. Key concerns are:
- The use of sanctions is ineffective and can exacerbate mental health problems.
- Welfare conditionality gives little or no consideration to mental health problems and should not have been reinstated during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Claimants with mental health problems are not effectively supported by existing employment services.
This set of recommendations has been prepared to ensure that the UK social security system does not subject individuals with mental health problems to a one-size-fits-all approach to conditionality, and that personalised distinct employment support for people with mental health problems is available to all.
It is informed by:
- Research conducted at the University of Glasgow as part of the Health Foundation-funded project Causal effects of alcohol and mental health problems on employment outcomes – Work Package 3: Qualitative Analysis of Policy and Lived Experience (2018-2020).
- Expertise of 28 stakeholders working in the fields of social security and mental health in Scotland and England collected in a series of workshops and interviews in 2020.