Disability-Related Social Security Benefits

Across the UK, there are several social security benefits targeted at the needs of adults with disabilities. A key question for policymakers is what a fair application process feels like for claimants. 

The Lab is conducting a major mixed methods project on how claimants view fair process in disability-related social security benefits decision-making. We will conduct work with adults with different forms of disability, examining fairness perceptions in relation to various social security schemes across the UK, including Scotland’s new Adult Disability Payments programme.

Project team

  • Professor Simon Halliday, Professor of Socio-legal Studies, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Gillian Macintyre, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Ben Seyd, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Kent 
  • Dr Jed Meers, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of York
  • Professor Joe Tomlinson, Professor of Public Law, University of York 

Impact and engagement

The Lab will be working with a range of organisations to collect, share and co-produce evidence and insights, including: Disability Rights UK, the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities, Social Security Scotland, and CAPS Independent Advocacy.


This research is kindly funded by the ABRDN Financial Fairness Trust.