I have written or contributed to a number of reports on disability and sickness policy. Most of my reports have been with the Spartacus Network. I have also carried out research for the thinktank Ekklesia, and am currently working on a book, Second Class Citizens, which hopefully will be out by the end of 2018.


Benstead, S., in press. Replacing ESA: Part Three – a new sickness benefit. Ekklesia

Richardson, C. and Benstead, S., 2017. Smokescreen: a Spartacus Network report in response to Improving lives: work, health and disability Green Paper. Spartacus Network.

Benstead, S. and Nock, E., 2016. Replacing ESA: Part Two – consultation on a new system. Ekklesia.

Benstead, S. and Nock, E., 2016. Replacing ESA: Part One – support needs of people with chronic illness. Ekklesia.

Benstead, S., Marsh, S., Richardson, C., Cartwright, J., Hale, C., Barnet-Cormack, S. and Smith, R.. Beyond the barriers: a Spartacus Network report on ESA, the Work Programme and recommendations for a new system of support. Spartacus Network.

Benstead, S. Welfare that works: Employment and Support Allowance. Spartacus Network.



Richardson, C., Nock, E. and Benstead, S., 2016. Crippling choices: a Spartacus Network response to the 2015 DWP consultation on the use of aids and appliances in PIP. Spartacus Network.

Spartacus Network. Consultation on the PIP Moving around criteria: briefing by sick & disabled people.