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

New blog: Health notes – the pressures to reduce life’s complexities to a sheet of paper

November 13, 2017     Leave a Comment

Dr Jens Foell is a GP and teaches at Imperial College London. In a new guest blog for us, he reflects on encounters with patients needing Personal Independence Payment reports.

‘I need a report stating exactly what’s wrong with me,’ is her opening statement. It is the beginning of my afternoon surgery and I have seen her plenty of times, but never had the opportunity for a thorough and meaningful encounter. I am aware of the long back story including various mental health diagnoses and encounters with all sorts of state organisations. I am also aware of the various interlinked conditions … read the blog

Project gives evidence to Universal Credit inquiry

October 26, 2017     Leave a Comment

Our project gave evidence the the Commons Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the rollout of Universal Credit. We told the committee of reports from our interviewees including: frequent financial hardship both in and out of work, poverty, unmanageable debt, rent arrears and eviction. We found that the long waiting period for an initial payment to be processed (5-6 weeks) in combination with payment delays meant many claimants did not have sufficient income for basic necessities.

Our recommendations include: Read More

Guest blog: why conditionality isn’t working

October 23, 2017     Leave a Comment

In a topical blog on the welfare benefit system, researcher Ruth Patrick examines the flawed assumptions behind policies intended to incentivise benefit recipients to take up paid work. She offers five ways in which the current system either does not help or is actively counterproductive – and calls for a rethink. Read her blog

Latest newsletter published

September 28, 2017     Leave a Comment

The latest edition of our email newsletter is out now with details of our international conference next year, our project’s evidence to the National Assembly for Wales, blogs, conference presentations and journal articles. To receive your copy, sign up at the foot of this page.

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