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Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager, NHS Health Scotland discusses Universal Credit, public health and the Scottish labour market.  “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I attended three years ago. So the question […]

Credit where it’s due?



Michael Adler, Emeritus Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, writes on benefit sanctions and their place within principles of the Rule of Law. The author is very grateful to David Webster and Colm O’Cinneide for their help. BENEFIT SANCTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW […]

Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law


Our recent Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform event included data and insights from researchers working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project. In February, the SSAMIS project will hold two dissemination events (one in Glasgow, one in Aberdeen), at which they will present key themes emerging from their […]

Social Support and Migration in Scotland Dissemination Event




Identifying factors influencing return to work in the over 50s This new study on the over 50s aims to investigate the relationships between health, worklessness, the return to work process and the sustainability of employment writes the SOPIE research team. In 2014, the UK Coalition Government appointed a Business Champion […]

Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE)


In advance of the Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network’s event ‘Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform’, Dr Holly Porteous writes on ways to address challenges facing migrants from Central & Eastern Europe who are living, working and accessing social security services in rural Scotland. Holly is currently a Researcher on the ESRC-funded project […]

Challenges faced by Central & East European migrants: welfare and ...


Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the […]

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain ...



BENEFIT SANCTIONS: RETROSPECT & PROSPECTS Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow 16:15 – 17:30, Monday 1st June Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B (room 412) This seminar will present a critical analysis of the UK system of benefit ‘sanctions’. These are financial penalties imposed by officials on claimants of Jobseekers Allowance […]

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects


This podcast is the first in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Carla McCormack of the Poverty Alliance speaks on “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”.

Podcast: Carla McCormack – “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”


This podcast is the second in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Dr Sharon Wright of the University of Glasgow speaks on “Sanctions in policy and practice”. This podcast is also available to download via iTunes and other Podcast providers.

Podcast: Dr. Sharon Wright – ‘Sanctions in policy and practice’




The Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network was launched on Thursday 19th February at the University of Glasgow, with the event ‘Sanctions in Scotland: evidence, policy in practice and impacts’. This brought together over 40 people from a range of different sectors and perspectives for a lively and engaged discussion which […]

Welfare Reform Network event launch summary