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