Project researchers debate Universal Credit on current affairs TV

January 30, 2018     Leave a Comment

WelCond project Director Professor Peter Dwyer and Universal Credit Lead Researcher Dr Sharon Wright appeared on the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire programme today. They raised issues in an in-depth report on Universal Credit and its effects on people already in work, particularly women.

Watch the programme on iPlayer (scroll to 16 min) or YouTube and read the BBC news story.

Conference abstract deadline extended

January 29, 2018     Leave a Comment

Our project has extended the deadline for abstracts to our international welfare conference until Wednesday 28 February. Please send us your abstract by the end of that day for inclusion. The conference email address is info@welfareconditionality.ac.uk

The conference is being held on 26-28 June, 2018, at the University of York. Full details of suggested topics for conference papers are here.

 

December newsletter out now

December 6, 2017     Leave a Comment

The latest issue of our WelCond newsletter is out now. With all the news of our international conference, parliamentary action on Universal Credit and guest blogs, the newsletter is a must-read for all concerned with welfare conditionality. See the newsletter online here, and sign up for your own email copy.

New blog explores the world of precarious low-paid work

November 28, 2017     Leave a Comment

A new blog by Daiga Kamerāde and WelCond researcher Dr Lisa Scullion, both from the University of Salford, explores the outlook for people moving from benefits into low paid, often temporary work. In this blog originally published by The Conversation, they argue that improving job statistics hide the harsh reality for many. Read Welcome to Britain: a land where jobs may be plentiful but are more and more precarious

Welcome to Britain: a land where jobs may be plentiful but are more and more precarious

November 28, 2017     Leave a Comment

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Daiga Kamerāde, University of Salford and Lisa Scullion, University of Salford and WelCond researcher

The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, was roundly criticised on November 19 after claiming there were “no unemployed people” during a BBC interview with Andrew Marr. Read More

Book now to grab your conference early bird discount – deadline extended

November 27, 2017     Leave a Comment

Delegates to our international conference next year can get a bargain by booking early. The early bird rate will now be available until Wednesday 7 February, giving plenty of time to send in abstracts for papers first. The conference runs from 26 to 28 June 2018 and delegates attending the full three days can save more than £30 with an early bird booking. Read More

New blog: Health notes – the pressures to reduce life’s complexities to a sheet of paper

November 13, 2017     Leave a Comment

Dr Jens Foell is a GP and teaches at Imperial College London. In a new guest blog for us, he reflects on encounters with patients needing Personal Independence Payment reports.

‘I need a report stating exactly what’s wrong with me,’ is her opening statement. It is the beginning of my afternoon surgery and I have seen her plenty of times, but never had the opportunity for a thorough and meaningful encounter. I am aware of the long back story including various mental health diagnoses and encounters with all sorts of state organisations. I am also aware of the various interlinked conditions … read the blog

Health notes: the pressures to reduce life’s complexities to a sheet of paper

November 13, 2017     Leave a Comment

Dr Jens Foell is a GP and teaches at Imperial College London. Here he reflects on encounters with patients needing Personal Independence Payment reports

‘I need a report stating exactly what’s wrong with me,’ is her opening statement. It is the beginning of my afternoon surgery and I have seen her plenty of times, but never had the opportunity for a thorough and meaningful encounter. I am aware of the long back story including various mental health diagnoses and encounters with all sorts of state organisations. I am also aware of the various interlinked conditions, ranging from obesity to high blood pressure to interactions between the side-effects of antipsychotic medication, their effects on weight and the risk of developing diabetes. And the aching knees. And the poor sleep. And the precarious financial situation.

I could press a special button and the printer would deliver a piece of paper with the main disease codes including a fairly recent statement about her frailty. But she is only 45! The code has been applied by the invisible hand on the basis of her unscheduled care encounters. Read More

Project gives evidence to Universal Credit inquiry

October 26, 2017     Leave a Comment

Our project gave evidence the the Commons Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the rollout of Universal Credit. We told the committee of reports from our interviewees including: frequent financial hardship both in and out of work, poverty, unmanageable debt, rent arrears and eviction. We found that the long waiting period for an initial payment to be processed (5-6 weeks) in combination with payment delays meant many claimants did not have sufficient income for basic necessities.

Our recommendations include: Read More

Guest blog: why conditionality isn’t working

October 23, 2017     Leave a Comment

In a topical blog on the welfare benefit system, researcher Ruth Patrick examines the flawed assumptions behind policies intended to incentivise benefit recipients to take up paid work. She offers five ways in which the current system either does not help or is actively counterproductive – and calls for a rethink. Read her blog

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