The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Redbridge Sports & Leisure
on request
Barkingside, Essex
Everyone Active
Competitive rates of pay
South Oxhey Leisure Centre, Watford
City of London Corporation
£35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Epping Forest, London
star job
Pendle Leisure Trust
£Competitive + fabulous benefits package
Nelson, Lancashire
University of Leeds
£37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Leeds

Benefits threat discourages activity in the disabled

Job opportunities
University of Leeds
£37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Redbridge Sports & Leisure
on request
location: Barkingside, Essex, United Kingdom
Brio Leisure
£35,745pa + excellent benefits
location: Chester and Frodsham, United Kingdom
more jobs
We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible.
– Andy Dalby-Welsh, deputy chief executive of Activity Alliance

More than six million people in the UK could be living or contemplating a life of inactivity because they are worried about losing life-changing benefit payments.

A new study by Activity Alliance has found that 47 per cent of disabled people – who account for one in five of Britain’s population, making up almost 14 million people – fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be too physically active.

The study, The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active, shows that four in five disabled people would like to be more active, and almost two thirds of participants said they rely on benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to be active. However, almost half were worried that these benefits could be withdrawn or reduced if they were to be reassessed as too active or independent.

Many are acting upon this fear and becoming less active, the report suggests. One example is the Birmingham Ability Counts League – England’s largest league of disabled footballers. The league had 455 players three years ago and now has just 250. Alan Ringland, chairman of the league, said: “I’ve seen players who have lost their PIP and aren’t able to attend any more. When you see them again, you see that they’ve not been as active as they were; often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate.”

The report goes on to cite other examples where the withdrawal or reduction of PIPs has caused disabled people to be less willing to take part in activities that they enjoy.

Andy Dalby-Welsh, deputy chief executive of Activity Alliance, said: “The numbers within the report, although shocking, give us a starting point for change. We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible. We would urge policymakers within national and local Government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
More than six million people in the UK could be living or contemplating a life of inactivity because they are worried about losing life-changing benefit payments.
SAR,HAF,PUB
THUMB29261_742635.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 67,989
21 Jun 2024
Results are in for the latest Good Spa Guide (GSG) consumer survey, with this year's findings categorised into five life stages to better understand different ... More
21 Jun 2024
The 2024 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is set to make a splash in Scotland from 4-7 November, with the theme “A Watershed Moment for Wellness”. ... More
21 Jun 2024
According to a year-long study, offering financial incentives to people to encourage them to lose weight is effective and could be a low-cost solution to ... More
20 Jun 2024
Xponential Fitness has appointed sales and franchise expert, Mark King, as CEO, to take the company forward following Anthony Geisler’s abrupt exit in May. King ... More
20 Jun 2024
Fitness influencer and karate champion, Anna Lewandowska, has announced the launch of a multi-concept boutique in Barcelona called Edan Studios based on HIIT, Pilates and ... More
20 Jun 2024
Turkish hospitality group Maxx Royal Resorts has launched a new upscale coastal retreat on Türkiye's Bodrum peninsula, complete with a large 4,500sq m destination spa. ... More
19 Jun 2024
Victoria Brownlie, the British Beauty Council’s chief of policy and sustainability, has been named in King Charles’ Birthday Honours 2024 for her services to the ... More
19 Jun 2024
The Health & Fitness Association (formerly IHRSA) has announced Singapore-based attorney and international industry advocate, Sean Tan, as its senior representative in Asia. In the ... More
19 Jun 2024
With the UK General Election imminent, industry strategist, Martyn Allison, says it’s time for the sector in the UK to stop asking for money and ... More
19 Jun 2024
Global restaurant brand, Subway, has teamed up with GB Basketball, Breaking GB and Skateboard GB to promote physical activity in these three emerging sports. The ... More
19 Jun 2024
A new retreat focused on helping people lead longer, happier lives is launching on the Japanese island of Okinawa. As one of the world's five ... More
18 Jun 2024
More than 20 organisations have joined together in the UK to form the Swim Alliance, which will advocate with one cohesive voice and work to ... More
18 Jun 2024
One&Only Resorts has introduced a new three-storey spa on the picturesque Greek island of Kéa, located at its recently launched oceanfront property, One&Only Kéa Island ... More
18 Jun 2024
According to a number of recent studies, semaglutide weight-loss drugs can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, dementia, addiction and some eating disorders. There is ... More
17 Jun 2024
German health and fitness operator, LifeFit Group, has found a new investor – Waterland Private Equity Investments. The deal is expected to complete later this ... More
1 - 15 of 67,989
The Leisure Media Company Ltd
The Leisure Media Company Ltd