Our publications are listed below in date order. On the left they are grouped into categories for easy reference.

Final findings: WelCond project

May 22, 2018     Leave a Comment

Our final research findings are published today (22 May 2018).


Summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018). It presents analysis on the effectiveness, impacts and ethics of welfare conditionality, and the sanctions and mandatory support that underpin this approach. Discussion draws on analyses of qualitative data generated in interviews with 52 policy stakeholders, 27 focus groups conducted with practitioners, and repeat qualitative longitudinal interviews undertaken with welfare service users in England and Scotland (481 at wave a). Interviewees were drawn from nine policy areas: jobseekers, Universal Credit (UC) recipients, disabled people, migrants, lone parents, offenders, social tenants, homeless people, and those subject to anti-socialbehaviour (ASB) interventions and Family Intervention Projects (FIPs). Separate briefings on these policy areas:

Anti-social behaviour and family interventions

Disabled people     Large print version



Lone parents



Social housing (fixed-term tenancies)

Universal Credit


Books and book chapters

April 3, 2018     Leave a Comment

Watts, B. & Fitzpatrick, S., (2018) Welfare Conditionality. Routledge.

Dwyer, P. (2017) ‘Rewriting the contract? Conditionality, welfare reform and the rights and responsibilities of disabled people’, Chapter 8 in Social Policy in an Era of Competition: from global to Local Perspectives, Horsfall, D and Hudson J. [eds], Bristol, the Policy Press.

Dwyer, P. (2016) ‘Citizenship, conduct and conditionality: sanction and support in the 21st century UK welfare state’, pp. 41-62 in Social Policy Review 28 Bristol, The Policy Press /Social Policy Association.

Welfare conditionality and families

December 11, 2017     Leave a Comment

Our Director Professor Peter Dwyer recorded a video and slides titled ‘Welfare conditionality: some issues and concerns for families and children’ which were presented at the ‘Picking up the pieces : the fallout of welfare reform’ forum on 20 October 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

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 (one in-work claimant had to use a foodbank), 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.

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No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services

September 25, 2017     Leave a Comment

WelCond team member Katy Jones presented a paper titled: ‘No strings attached? An exploration of employment support services offered by third sector homelessness organisations’ at the Feantsa European homelessness organisation’s annual conference. This year’s conference, held in Barcelona on 22 September, was themed on the changing profiles of homelessness and implications for services. View Katy’s presentation slides

Evidence to National Assembly for Wales committee

September 21, 2017     Leave a Comment

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.

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