How secure data-sharing can help ‘Daniel Blakes’

Chris Coates is web editor for the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Service. He coordinates the Network newsletter, and helps to ensure that ADRN’s communications are clear and transparent.

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Winning Outstanding British film at the 2017 BAFTAs – not to mention the prizes it’s already taken, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes – I, Daniel Blake, the tale of a man’s dealings with the benefits system, is having another moment in the limelight. Continue reading

Welfare conditionality: sanctions, support and behaviour change

Dr Janis Bright is impact and communications officer for the ESRC-funded Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change research project.

Professor Peter Dwyer is professor of social policy at the University of York and principal investigator for the Welfare Conditionality project.

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Here they discuss some of the findings from the project to date, including the effects of sanctions on welfare recipients.

 

People who are out of work and are deemed not to have complied with the benefit rules are at risk of being sanctioned – having their benefit stopped. So much we probably all know. But behind that fact lie a myriad of experiences and consequences. And that’s before we get on to the complexities of government policy and practice on welfare.

Our project’s work is seeking to disentangle some of those complexities and ask fundamental questions about what’s become known as ‘welfare conditionality’. Continue reading

Kick-starting the housing revolution – but who will benefit?

Raj Patel is Acting Director of the Policy Unit at Understanding Society. His career has included roles at the Learning and Skills Network, and in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now the Department of Communities and Local Government). An economist and policy analyst, he has worked extensively on national public campaigns, policy research, local and regional development and designing new ways to tackle social issues.

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Ahead of an Understanding Society policy debate tomorrow (10 December) in London Raj discusses the future of UK housing.

Kick-starting the housing revolution – but who will benefit?

The housing crisis has been many years in the making but what’s different about the crisis and ‘affordability’ today is that it is no longer an issue just for those on low income. Continue reading