Welfare Reform Network event launch summary

The Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network was launched on Thursday 19th February at the University of Glasgow, with the event ‘Sanctions in Scotland: evidence, policy in practice and impacts’. This brought together over 40 people from a range of different sectors and perspectives for a lively and engaged discussion which sparked new ideas on how to think about and act on Welfare Reform.

The three speakers each addressed an aspect of the event’s theme. Dr David Webster (University of Glasgow) provided new evidence on sanctions trends, Dr Sharon Wright (University of Glasgow) placed sanctions in a broader policy and political context, and Carla McCormack (Poverty Alliance) outlined the impact of sanctions on both specific social groups and wider society.

Ways of engaging the public with a wide variety of views on social security were discussed with the audience, including approaching Welfare Reform from a human rights perspective. Raising the quality of debate on Welfare Reform through detailed evidence which reflects diverse and often unheard experiences is a key aim of the Welfare Reform Network. Suggested themes for future events included a focus on disability, on migrants and on Universal Credit.

You can watch the full event and listen to a podcast of each speaker’s talk. Each of the speakers’ slides are also available for download: Dr David Webster, Dr Sharon WrightCarla McCormack.

We will soon announce an events programme for the Welfare Reform Network – please follow us on Twitter @policyscotland for updates. If you have any questions, would like to be involved in the Welfare Reform Network or kept informed about its activities, please submit a contact form.

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