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
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
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.
An early bird discount applies to bookings made before 20 December 2017. Read More
Our videos on EU migrants and Brexit, guest blogs, a prestigious prizewinner, briefing on Armed Forces Service leavers, and three journal papers. It’s all in our latest WelCond newsletter, out now. Sign up now at the bottom of this page for your own email copy.
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
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.
Two new videos from our project explain issues around Brexit and the situation of European migrants in the UK.
‘Brexit: welfare rights and EU migrants programme highlights‘ summarises our highly successful event with the EU Rights Project earlier this year. Our speakers analysed the referendum vote, summarised the issues and problems for EU migrants accessing the UK welfare system, and considered the situation of EU migrants who become homeless. See also our blog on this event.
‘European migrants and UK welfare – a constellation of conditionality‘ presents emerging findings from our project’s research into the situation of EU migrants accessing the welfare system and the difficulties they face.
See all of our project’s videos here.
Social policy analysis routinely suggests that welfare reform is damaging the social rights of vulnerable groups. But what does this actually mean? Recognising (and overcoming) the conceptual vagueness of social citizenship might help provide some clarity, says Daniel Edmiston from the University of Leeds in a new guest blog.
He suggests that greater attention to the constitutive elements of citizenship can help clarify the significance of welfare conditionality and its bearing on social rights. To To do that, he says, we need to look at three key considerations of relevance: what effect is welfare conditionality having on the ‘effectiveness’, ‘inalienability’ and ‘universality’ of social rights?