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Welfare conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change - Final findings launch

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Took place Wednesday, 18 July 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST)
At the University of Salford | The Old Fire Station

This event presented the final findings from the five-year ESRC funded Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change project. This project has created an international and interdisciplinary focal point for research on welfare conditionality, providing a new and wide-ranging evidence base on the impact and ethicality of welfare conditionality across a range of policy areas.

The voices of people who experience welfare conditionality in their everyday lives was central to the research. This event presented the findings from a three wave qualitative longitudinal panel study of 481 welfare service users across nine different groups: unemployed people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance; individuals and households claiming Universal Credit; lone parents; disabled people; social tenants; homeless people; people subject to antisocial behaviour orders or family intervention; migrants; and offenders.

The aim of this event was to provide a unique opportunity to discuss the research findings, and how they can feed into the work and welfare agenda across Greater Manchester.

The event included a research presentation from Professor Peter Dwyer (University of York), Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Katy Jones (University of Salford), followed by a panel response that included Matthew Ainsworth, Assistant Director – Employment (Policy, Strategy & Delivery), Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Catherine Connors, Skills and Work Board Manager, Salford City Council.

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Registration and lunch


Professor Karl Dayson
Dean of Research, University of Salford


Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change – final findings
Professor Peter Dwyer, University of York
Dr Lisa Scullion, University of Salford
Dr Katy Jones, University of Salford


Research team Q & A


Learning from the research: the Greater Manchester response
Matthew Ainsworth,
Assistant Director, Employment (Policy, Strategy & Delivery), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
Catherine Connors
Skills and Work Board Manager, Salford City Council
Irene Musker
JCP Customer Service Operations Manager, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)


Panel Q & A


Closing remarks