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SHUSU21: Work & Welfare Event

Social (in)security? Learning lessons from lived experiences of welfare and work

While recent figures have reported record employment rates, there is growing concern about the UK’s increasingly precarious and insecure labour market. This is coupled with on-going welfare reforms that have seen the introduction of a raft of measures impacting not only on those claiming unemployment benefits, but also on those providing employment and welfare support.

On the 8th November 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, M3 4FP we hosted the third of our SHUSU 21st Anniversary events. This event was funded by the ESRC as part of their Festival of Social Science, which aims to provide insights into some of the UKs leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives. It was therefore a perfect opportunity to focus on the work being undertaken by members of our Work and Welfare sub-group.   

The seminar was Chaired by our Work and Welfare sub-group lead, Dr Lisa Scullion, and presented findings from three projects of relevance to those working in the area of welfare and employment support. It provided unique insights into the experiences of benefit claimants, those who have entered the labour market, but also welfare practitioners operating within this policy backdrop.

The list of speakers is below, including links to their presentation slides and videos. We also produced a film of the day, which included exerts from the presentations and interviews with speakers and delegates:
Click here to access the video

We are really grateful to all the speakers and delegates who made the event such a success.

For further information about our Work and Welfare research, please contact Dr Lisa Scullion

Exploring the impact of welfare conditionality

Supporting people into work? Findings from the Welfare Conditionality project
Katy Jones, SHUSU

From research to action: using the evidence base to support the partnership delivery of the DWP Conditionality and Sanctions Action Plan in Salford
Catherine Connors, Salford City Council

The Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Project

Introducing the Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Project
Victoria Goodban and Antonina Mendola, Oxfam Cymru
Huw Thomas and Lorraine Davies, DWP Wales Group

The impact of the Livelihoods Training Project: Findings from the evaluation
Dr Mark Wilding, SHUSU

Insecurity, (lack of) work and well-being

Insecure working lives
Colin Hampton, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centres
Professor Helen Richardson, Sheffield Hallam University

When voluntary work makes you sick
Dr Daiga Kamerade, SHUSU