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'Not worth the minimum wage?' Unpacking the complexities of intellectual disability and its intersection with employment structures

Dearing, Kim 2020. 'Not worth the minimum wage?' Unpacking the complexities of intellectual disability and its intersection with employment structures. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 22 (1) , pp. 360-370. 10.16993/sjdr.729

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Abstract

As a signifier of worth and recognition, employment is presented as a route to reduce inequality. Yet, for people who have an intellectual disability (ID) and are in receipt of social care, employment policy is often a site of tension. With less than six percent of working-aged people within this demographic in any form of employment in the UK (Learning Disabilities Observatory 2016), work is offered through a marginalised context, with individuals who wish to explore work often excluded from the very programmes set up to support them. Based on ethnographic research at a job club supporting people with an ID and using a case study narrative approach, I unpack the multifaceted reality of everyday life for learning disabled people struggling to access work, its intersections with national minimum wage legislation, and how space can be crafted in response to such exclusion.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
ISSN: 1745-3011
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 14 November 2020
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 16:00
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/136985

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