New Publication – ‘Punitive benefit sanctions, welfare conditionality, and the social abuse of unemployed people in Britain’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Sharon Wright and Del Roy Fletcher – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: A defining feature of U.K. welfare reform since 2010 has been the concerted move towards greater compulsion and sanctioning, which has been interpreted by some social policy scholars as punitive and …

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New Publication – ‘Work, welfare, and wellbeing: The impacts of welfare conditionality on people with mental health impairments in the UK’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Pete Dwyer, Lisa Scullion, Katy Jones, & Jenny McNeill – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: The personal, economic, and social costs of mental ill health are increasingly acknowledged by many governments and international organisations. Simultaneously, in high‐income nations, the reach of welfare …

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New publication – ‘The Impact of Conditionality on the Welfare Rights of EU Migrants in the UK’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project has been published in Policy & Politics. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: This paper highlights and explores how conditionality operating at three levels (the EU supranational level, the UK national level and in migrants’ mundane ‘street level’ encounters with social security administrators), come together to restrict and have a negative impact …

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Upcoming conference presentation: ‘The Universal Acceptance of Conditionality?’

I will be presenting next month at the Welfare Conditionality: Principles, Practices and Perspectives conference, 26-28 June 2018, University of York. Abstract: Critics and campaigners against conditionality for welfare benefits have highlighted the severe harms resulting from sanctions and the stigmatisation of benefit claimants. In response, proponents of conditionality have oft replied with the refrain that “there has always been conditionality in the system” and point to high levels of …

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Welfare Conditionality final research findings

The final findings papers for the Welfare Conditionality project, that I was a Researcher and NVivo Lead on, have been published today. As covered in The Guardian, Benefit sanctions [were] found to be ineffective and damaging. From the Guardian article: Benefit sanctions are ineffective at getting jobless people into work and are more likely to reduce those affected to poverty, ill-health or even survival crime, the UK’s most extensive study …

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