The Welfare Conditionality Project gave evidence to a session of the National Assembly for Wales’ Equality, Local Government and Communities committee, held in Cardiff. The committee is inquiring into ‘Poverty in Wales: making the economy work for people on low incomes’, and wanted to hear more about welfare benefits, sanctions and Universal Credit. The project’s Dr Lisa Scullion from the University of Salford, and Dr Sharon Wright, from the University of Glasgow, gave evidence in person. Watch the televised session. Our written evidence was also submitted.
In our latest guest opinion, independent researcher Mo Stewart identifies the ease with which public behaviour can be manipulated and changed by government when aided by the press. She argues that although it is welfare service users’ behaviour that government seeks to change, public opinion and behaviour has also changed when influenced by political rhetoric. Read more
In this guest opinion, independent researcher Mo Stewart identifies the ease with which public behaviour can be manipulated and changed by government when aided by the press
It is the welfare service users’ behaviour that government seeks to change with government policy when linked to harsh sanctions. But, in reality, public opinion and behaviour has also changed when influenced by political rhetoric. Read More
Photojournalist Les Monaghan has staged a photography show exploring the realities of life for families in his locality. In this guest blog he charts the development of his idea. It began with a news article saying over a million people in the UK were living in destitution. Read his blog
In this guest blog, photojournalist Les Monaghan charts the development of his show exploring the realities of life for families in his locality
Almost a year ago, I became agitated by an online news article. Over a million people in the UK were living in destitution. Other people too were agitated by this same article. Spending an hour or so with the online trolls, and their wearied opponents, in the Comment is Free section wasn’t healthy. But it made me realise that no matter how earnest, how scrupulously researched a charity’s report, or campaigning journalist’s article, there are swathes of the UK that refuse to believe ‘news’ they don’t agree with. Read More
An international conference at the University of York, UK, aims to bring together people working on welfare conditionality from across the globe. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the final findings from the ESRC-funded Welfare conditionality: sanctions, support and behaviour change project and present and debate their own research on welfare conditionality and allied debates.
Further details and call for papers
An early bird discount applies to bookings made before 20 December 2017. Read More
We welcome proposals for papers from those working within and beyond the social sciences on any aspects of welfare conditionality and associated debates
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A new blog by WelCond PhD student Regina Serpa outlines her research into the situation of homeless migrants in the UK and US. The Heriot-Watt University student was awarded the Housing Studies Association’s Valerie Karn prize for early career researchers this year for her work on this topic. Read her blog