Event: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland

The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland

Monday 21st September, 14:00 – 16:00

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU


This is a half-day seminar convened to consider four reports on the impact of welfare reform commissioned by the Scottish Parliament from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Glasgow.

This is a unique opportunity to examine the evidence on the impact of the welfare reforms to date, and to look ahead to consider the impact of the Westminster Government’s newly announced welfare cuts.

Michael  McMahon MSP, Convenor of the Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee, will be among the respondents to this research.

The seminar is free of chargeHowever, places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  If you or one or more of your colleagues would like to attend, please email your details to Emma Smith at the University of GlasgowEmma.Smith.2@glasgow.ac.uk

We all hope you will be able to come along and participate in the discussion.

The event has been jointly organised by Policy Scotland and the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre at the University of Glasgow, and the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.


Chair: Prof Donald Houston, Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, University of Glasgow

13:30            Registration and tea/coffee

14:00            Welcome & Introductions

Dr Sharon Wright, Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network, University of Glasgow

14:05             Presentation of reports

commissioned by Scottish Parliament, from Sheffield Hallam University & University of Glasgow – Prof Christina Beatty & Prof Steve Fothergill (Sheffield Hallam)

– The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland (April 2013)

– The Local Impact of Welfare Reform (June 2014)

– The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform on Households in Scotland (Jan 2015)

– The Impact of Welfare Reform on the Scottish Labour Market (Sept 2015)

15:00             Responses

– Michael McMahon MSP, Convenor of Welfare Reform Committee, Scottish Parliament

– Lynn Williams, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

– Peter Kelly, Scottish Poverty Alliance

15:30            Questions, debate, discussion

facilitated by Andy Milne, SURF Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network