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By Professor Jim Gallagher, University of Glasgow The dust has settled after all the hype of the referendum anniversary. So there may be scope for more sober reflection on its legacy, and what happens next for Scotland and the UK. I will argue in a lecture in Glasgow on 21 […]

Through a Glass Darkly: The Shape of Scotland’s Constitutional Future


In this Policy Scotland podcast, we talk to Urban Studies postgraduate researcher, Kainde Manji, about her work on welfare reforms and people living with disabilities in Scotland.  

Kainde Manji on Welfare and Disabilities in Scotland


By Professor Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow Earlier today I was part of a report launch jamboree in Edinburgh. This was the official presentation of the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing: A Blueprint for Scotland’s Future. This has been a two year programme of work supported by, but independent of, […]

Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more



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 is the last Friday before what is sure to be an historic UK General Election on 7 May 2015. To celebrate, Policy Scotland are replacing this week’s Friday Video with a special podcast from our interns, Sarah Hamlin and Amy Watson. In this podcast, Sarah and Amy have a […]

Thursday Video Election Special – Gender and the 2015 General ...


Sanctions in Scotland Evidence, policy in practice and impacts   18:00 – 19:30, Thursday 19th February 2015  Lecture Theatre B (Room 412), Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow This event explores the practice of benefit sanctioning in Scotland.  Benefit sanctions have risen dramatically in recent years and there is a […]

Welfare Reform Network Launch Event



On Thursday 3rd of April, we hosted a public debate about equalities and the referendum debate. We were delighted to welcome as speakers; Dr Lesley Orr – Woman of Influence of the Year 2012, , academic, feminist historian Roza Salih – VP Advocacy & Diversity, Student Representative Council , Strathclyde University Nazed […]

Equalities and the Referendum debate


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Dr Thomas Lundberg, Lecturer (Politics), The University of Glasgow The Scottish Government has published its long-awaited White Paper, Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland. The paper sets out the Scottish National Party’s aspirations for an independent Scotland by enhancing democracy, prosperity and fairness, though critics have already claimed […]

The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence: Appeal for a ...


Research into the first five months of the implementation of the Social Rented Sector Size Criterion underoccupation penalty, popularly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’,  suggested ministers may have significantly overestimated the savings it is likely to generate. The analysis – which ran real data collected by four housing associations since April through […]

Bedroom tax may save less than estimated as tenants move ...