The value of work

Paid work is promoted by governments, international organisations and disability rights activists alike. These groups, and other groups, will have different reasons for endorsing paid work.

Grosvenor and Piggott list eight reasons used by British Governments to justify the promotion of paid work for disabled people:

1) tackling social exclusion from wage work

2) a commitment to human rights

3) a concern that welfare benefits have negative effects, including  creating a dependency culture

4) a concern that disabled people will transmit worklessness to their children

5) a desire to maintain a reserve army of labour to prevent wage inflation

6) economic redistribution, in particular tackling child or older people’s poverty

7) an ideological concern with a contractual approach to benefits

8) reducing expenditure on social security

(Grosvenor and Piggott, 2015, 2)