Working with the real welfare reform experts

Joanna Spiers The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.   I’ve been working at Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector for around 18 months; my job is to coordinate some of the welfare reform activity happening across Glasgow’s Third Sector; to help the sector stay informed about…

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…

A Fast Flowing Stream: Welfare Reform, Decision Making and Appeals

Thursday 11 February 16:00 – 17:15 Boyd Orr Building, Room 407, University of Glasgow Please register via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-fast-flowing-stream-welfare-reform-decision-making-and-appeals-tickets-21113408774   At this Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network event, Jessica Burns will provide insight into her work as Regional Tribunal Judge in Social Security and Child Support. She will speak about the standard of First-Tier decision…

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…

Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE)

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 for Older Workers. This appointment…

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: Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform

Wednesday 11 November, 14:00 – 16:30 Glasgow Centre for Population Health offices, Olympia Building (third floor), Bridgeton Cross Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-migrants-in-welfare-reform-tickets-19167438324 This workshop seeks to explore the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland. It brings together insights into the experiences of migrants and of those working in the public and third sector to…

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…