Free event – Brexit: what welfare, what rights for European migrants in Britain?

March 3, 2017     Leave a Comment

Roundtable event
Wednesday 29 March, CSE/082&083 Meeting Room, Computer Science Building, University of York
Free, booking essential

Many aspects of the UK’s exit from the European Union are unclear at this stage. But we do know that important issues of principle and practice in the legal and welfare systems are at stake. This roundtable event showcases recent research concerning EU migrants in the UK and offers the chance to help shape a practical legal rights toolkit. It invites debate on future provision to underpin EU migrants’ welfare support and access to justice.

Sessions include:

Citizenship, conditionality, and welfare chauvinism: EEA migrants in the UK – findings from the WelCond project
– Prof Peter Dwyer, University of York/Dr Lisa Scullion, University of Salford

How did we get here? Poverty and the Brexit vote
– Dave Innes, Policy and Research Manager (Economics), Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Key obstacles to social security benefits for EU nationals
– Rebecca Walker, welfare rights worker for over 20 years and lead author of the Benefits for Migrants Handbook (CPAG)

Dissecting attitudes towards EU migrants in a Brexit context
– Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Politics, University of York

The EU Rights Project: developing an interactive toolkit for rights advisers
– Dr Charlotte O’Brien, York Law School

Life After Leave: A case study of the European Social Fund
– Jed Meers, York Law School

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New event: PhD Symposium: “Support, Coercion and Resistance: Social policy in the age of austerity”

February 20, 2017     Leave a Comment

Come along to our free event on Thursday 9 March. Hear excellent presentations from four of our PhD research students and join the debate on social policy. Featuring:

Emily Ball, University of Sheffield
‘Making’ vulnerable families change their behaviour in intensive interventions


Larissa Povey, Sheffield Hallam University
Victims, villains, maternal outcasts: ‘problem’ women in the context of poverty, crime and intensive interventions


Liviu Dinu, University of Salford
Welfare Conditionality: impact on Central and East European Roma migrants in the United Kingdom


Regina Serpa, Heriot-Watt University
Consumerism, empowerment and resistance: understanding migrant responses to homelessness


10 am – 3 pm, University of York. View the full programme

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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.

The two-year study, called Sanctions, support and Service leavers:  welfare conditionality and transitions from military to civilian life, will investigate 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. Around 17,000 men and women leave the British Armed Forces every year, and while most are able to easily move into civilian life, there are some who experience problems such as mental health issues, physical disabilities following service, drug and alcohol misuse and financial hardship. Read More

New blog: Tegenprestatie – welfare conditionality the Dutch way

February 14, 2017     Leave a Comment

WelCond Project Director Peter Dwyer was recently invited by Rotterdam City Council to speak at a national event about welfare conditionality in the Netherlands and more particularly ‘Tegenprestatie’. Roughly translated into English this refers to the ‘civic contribution’ that Dutch people are required to make when in receipt of social assistance benefits. In this new blog he reflects on a lively event that debated ideas about social inclusion and employment.

New blog: Gamers or victims – how can you ‘play the game’ on benefits if you don’t know the rules?

February 9, 2017     Leave a Comment

Welfare Conditionality Project researcher Dr Jenny McNeill has co-authored one of the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice’s ‘top five’ most read articles of 2016. In a new blog she summarises the main issues. In contrast to long-standing caricatures of scroungers and skivers, she argues, our research shows the real hardships faced by many claiming welfare benefits. That includes people who are stigmatised, sanctioned and struggling to get by, turning to foodbanks, to other sources of support, and to ‘survival crime’. Read the blog here

First wave findings presented at housing event

January 24, 2017     Leave a Comment

Our Director Professor Peter Dwyer presented a summary of the project’s first wave research findings today at the National Housing Federation’s Welfare Reform conference. Professor Dwyer outlined the negative experiences of study respondents who had been sanctioned, some limited evidence of positive experiences of support, and issues of improving implementation in the system. View his presentation here

Our December newsletter

December 19, 2016     Leave a Comment

Our latest newsletter is out now with all our research updates. Follow the link in the left hand column to see it online, or scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for your own email copy.

Guest blog: putting the security back into social security

December 14, 2016     Leave a Comment

Michael Orton from the University of Warwick organised a series of events on an important social security theme recently. In workshops, participants were asked: ‘What practical, concrete steps would you suggest to put the security back into social security?’ Our WelCond team members Lisa Scullion (University of Salford) and Sharon Wright (University of Glasgow) co-hosted two of the events. In his guest blog Michael summarises the project and invites further responses. Read more

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