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Reforming welfare, work and social security in the UK: who are the winners and losers?
October 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Join us online for presentations and a panel discussion on how employment and welfare reforms have changed the relationship between workers and the labour market.
Since 2010 the UK government has introduced a range of reforms that have reshaped the relationship between workers and the labour market. Major changes in social security (such as the use of benefit sanctioning and benefit caps, and the introduction of Universal Credit) are playing out alongside major changes to employment rights and protections, emphasising issues of low pay, in-work poverty, and labour market experiences.
In this seminar we share insights on key labour market reforms alongside the policy instruments within the welfare state that regulate work and workers in the age of austerity and reform. Whilst consecutive governments during have suggested that the UK has a low unemployment rate and therefore healthy labour market, this event seeks to illuminate what the raft of reforms mean for UK workers. What has changed? Who wins and who loses? What do labour market and welfare reforms mean for those of us interested in poverty, employment, and the British welfare state?
The event will have presentations from two academics followed by a panel discussion. Professor David Etherington (Staffordshire University) will outline key arguments from his new book Austerity, Welfare and Work: Exploring Politics, Geographies and Inequalities and reflects on the role of trade unions during this time. This event will serve as a launch for this new book, which provides a new perspective on welfare policy and employment relations as he assesses their fundamental impact on social inequalities. Through a detailed examination of benefit sanctioning, Dr David Webster (University of Glasgow) will describe the key trends in welfare policy and administration that shape the relationship between unemployed citizens and the labour market.
The panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Hayley Bennett (University of Edinburgh) and will include additional reflections from Dr Jay Wiggan (University of Edinburgh) and Polly Jones (Trussell Trust).
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