Channel 4 is making a Dispatches programme on how the disability benefits process, as implemented by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), affects disabled people’s health and state of mind.
This survey aims to understand the impact of assessments and other interactions with both the contractors (Atos, Maximus, Capita) and the DWP on the mental and physical health of disabled claimants. We use the term ‘health’ to cover all aspects, both physical and mental. We are not asking for any specific details about your disability.
The survey contains straightforward questions with multiple choice boxes for answering. This survey should only take about 15 minutes of your time to complete.

Trigger warning
The final section of this survey contains questions relating to suicidal thoughts. If you find this distressing, you do not have to answer the questions. There are a number of sources of support relating to suicide on this webpage.

This survey is designed to produce results without identifying individuals. 
We endeavour to make this research as accessible as possible. If you require this survey in another format or have any other particular access needs please email
Your data 
Responses will be kept secure and only used as part of this research study. Individual participants will not be identifiable from their responses.

Your disability
If you are in receipt of disability benefits you have been defined as disabled by the Department for Work and Pensions. For the purposes of our survey sample we ask in broad terms about categories of disability. We are not asking for specific details about your disability.

Scotland and Northern Ireland
Due to devolution, benefits are managed by different agencies in Scotland and Northern Ireland and this can present issues with statistical analysis. Therefore we are limiting this survey to England and Wales. However, if you are from Scotland or Northern Ireland and would like to contribute to the background research of this programme, feel free to email

1. Is your disability... *


2. Age: *


3. Gender: *


4. Ethnicity: *


5. What area of the country do you live in? *