Posts Tagged ‘in-work conditionality’

New research: Universal Credit and ‘in-work conditionality’ – a productive turn?

July 23, 2019     Leave a Comment

This pilot study aims to explore employer responses to proposed new requirements placed on working Universal Credit (UC) claimants to increase their pay through progressing and/or taking on additional hours of work (UC replaces Working Tax Credits). It is led by original WelCond team member Dr Katy Jones at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Whilst policy specifics are developing – trialling is underway – the DWP’s ‘Employer Guide to Universal Credit’ states that workers in receipt of UC may be expected to:

a)         increase their hours

b)         look for ways to progress in their current workplace

c)         search for additional work with a different employer (take on multiple jobs)

d)         take up alternative work elsewhere (move jobs).

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New video: problems with Universal Credit

October 15, 2018     Leave a Comment

Our new video explains the multiple problems our research found with conditionality in Universal Credit. Negative impacts and counterproductive effects of sanctions were widespread, and for those already in work conditionality simply did not make sense. Our project’s UC lead researcher Dr Sharon Wright from the University of Glasgow explains in the video.

Read our findings in full here.

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