Injured ex-Service personnel should not face benefit sanctions, report finds

April 19, 2018     Leave a Comment

The recommendation has been put forward in a Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded report, entitled Sanctions, support and Service leavers: Social security benefits, welfare conditionality and transitions from military to civilian life released today.

The report, by the University of Salford and the University of York, details first wave findings from this major study, linked to WelCond, investigating the experiences of ex-Service personnel and the benefits system.

Read a blog by researchers Katy Jones and Lisa Scullion on the appropriateness of support being offered. And in a blog for The Conversation, the five-strong research team discuss their findings.

Event: Sanctions, Support & Service Leavers – social security benefits, welfare conditionality and transitions from military to civilian life

March 27, 2018     Leave a Comment

First wave findings launch

University of Salford | Room 3.10/3.11 | MediaCityUK | Salford M50 2HE
Thursday 19 April 2018  | 17.00 – 20.30

This event presents the first-wave findings of our longitudinal project funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). This ground breaking project represents the first substantive research focusing specifically on veterans’ experiences of the social security benefits system in their transition to civilian life.

The event will include a presentation by the University of Salford and University of York research team, followed by a panel response including Dr Alan Barrett, Clinical Lead, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust Military Veterans’ Service; Mark Knight, Armed Forces Lead, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); and a representative of the Covenant Team from the Ministry of Defence.

As part of the project, we have also been working with Graphic Design students in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. Delegates will also therefore have an opportunity to view some of the initial illustrations produced by the students based on anonymised excerpts from some of the interviews.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required for catering purposes. Please click here to register your attendance. If you have any questions about the event or the project please contact Dr Lisa Scullion:

Guest blog: Universal Credit and the legacy of JSA sanctions

March 19, 2018     Leave a Comment

Much of the recent debate surrounding the controversial rollout of Universal Credit (UC) has focused on the six week wait for UC claimants to receive support. One core feature of UC that has been largely overlooked in this discussion, however, is the disciplinary role of sanctions and the various adverse impacts that they have on individuals. In this new blog, researcher Evan Williams shows how the rise of sanctioning in UK social security has transferred to the new system.

Conference abstracts deadline: a little extra time

March 1, 2018     Leave a Comment

We’ve become aware that some academic colleagues may have had difficulty meeting our conference abstracts deadline of 28 February, because of the current industrial action. So we’ve extended the deadline to 5pm on Friday 9 March. Find full details of our call for papers here. Send your abstracts to the conference email address The dates for the international conference are 26-28 June 2018.

New blog: ‘No matter which way you turn they have actually got you’

February 20, 2018     Leave a Comment

In this guest blog, specialist welfare rights advice practitioner and trainer Sarah Batty explores the impact of welfare reforms on social tenants in the North East. Her research looks at the discretionary powers of Jobcentre work coaches who administer the ‘personalised conditionality’ within the new Universal Credit.  She explores the experiences of two women with health conditions who had also experienced benefit sanctions. Read her blog

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

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

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