Sanctions, support and Service leavers





Welcome to the webpage for Sanctions, support and Service leavers: welfare conditionality and transitions from military to civilian life. This study is investigating the effect of a conditional welfare system in the UK, including the use of sanctions, and how this affects ex-Service personnel and their families.

The research has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by the Big Lottery Fund. It is a major two year project (2017-2019) being undertaken jointly by researchers at the University of Salford and the University of York.

 The aim of our project is to provide a greater understanding of how Service leavers have found their way into the conditional benefits system, and the varied impacts and outcomes it mediates for Service leavers and their families, with recommendations for better and more effective services in the future. In order to do this we will be undertaking two rounds of qualitative longitudinal interviews with Service leavers and their families, along with consultation with key national, regional and local stakeholders.

The team

Dr Lisa Scullion (Principal Investigator)

Professor Peter Dwyer (Co-Investigator)

Dr Celia Hynes (Co-Investigator)

Katy Jones (Researcher)

Philip Martin (Researcher)


Briefing paper: social security benefits, welfare conditionality and Armed Forces Service leavers

June 26, 2017     Leave a Comment

This briefing paper forms the background to a new project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) focusing on the experiences of Service leavers and their families in receipt of mainstream conditional social security benefits. The use of conditional welfare arrangements is now firmly embedded within social security benefit receipt and welfare rights today come with specified responsibilities.

No specific government welfare-to-work programme exists for Armed Forces Service leavers; however, as part of the Armed Forces Covenant specific exemptions and easements are made in relation to Service leavers and their families who are seeking to claim social security benefits. Despite this, little is currently known of how Service leavers experience moving through the mainstream benefit system.

Read the full briefing

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New award to examine impact of UK benefits system on Veterans

February 17, 2017     Leave a Comment

A grant of a £171,995 has been awarded to the University of Salford, working with the University of York on a two-year project, to examine what impact interaction with the benefit system has on the transition of military personnel to civilian life, thanks to support from the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). The project will link with our own WelCond research.

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