Final findings announcement

May 4, 2018     Leave a Comment

We’ll be launching our final research findings this month. It’s the culmination of our five-year research into welfare conditionality, involving six universities and more than 600 respondents. Huge thanks to everyone who took part, it’s much appreciated.

The findings will be posted here on our website on Tuesday 22 May. We’re also holding  events in London, Salford and Glasgow:

  • The London event is on Tuesday 22 May, 4.30pm, in Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament. We are grateful to York Central MP Rachael Maskell for sponsoring this event. To attend, please email our Project Manager
  • The Salford event is on Wednesday 18 July. To attend this event please email researcher Lisa Scullion
  • For details of the Glasgow event please email us.

Newsletter out now

May 4, 2018     Leave a Comment

The latest edition of our newsletter, with details of the launch of our final findings; our international conference; Forces veterans report and blogs is out now. Sign up at the foot of this page to receive your copy.

Full conference programme published

May 3, 2018     Leave a Comment

The programme for our international conference on 26-28 June is now available. With more than 80 papers, plus top plenary speakers Professors Rik van Berkel and Jane Millar – and our WelCond research findings – this is a must-attend event. The first in a series of books based on WelCond research, Welfare Conditionality by Beth Watts and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, will also be launched at the conference.

Read the full programme

Summary programme

Book your place now (closing date 11 June)

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

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