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Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law

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 In this blog, I wish…

Social Support and Migration in Scotland Dissemination Event

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 research, combined with opportunities for…


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Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform: Next Steps

This summarises the key issues identified by each discussion group during the break-out sessions of the Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform workshop, held on 11th November 2015 at the Olympia Building, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow. This event was run in partnership with GRAMNet. The event began with presentations from Henri Krishna (CPAG Scotland), Dr Holly Porteous (Swansea…

Challenges faced by Central & East European migrants: welfare and support services in rural Scotland

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 ‘Social Support and Migration in…

Event: Work Capability Assessment: What Now?

Tuesday 27th October 18:00 – 19:10 University of Glasgow, Gannochy Seminar Room 3 – Wolfson Medical Building Eventbrite Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/work-capability-assessment-what-now-tickets-19040899844 Controversies and flaws in the Work Capability Assessment are by now well documented, with a large percentage of those declared ‘fit for work’ successfully appealing. In 2014, the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group on Welfare…

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…

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects

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 (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance…

Welfare Reform Network Launch Event

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 great deal of concern over…