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 how sanctions are used and how they affect people subject to them.  This event presents recent evidence of sanctioning trends, examines the character and direction of policy change, considers key issues of sanctioning in practice and highlights the impact of sanctions.

You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sanctions-in-scotland-evidence-policy-in-practice-and-impacts-tickets-15614731081 

This is the launch event of a forming ‘Welfare Reform Network’, led by Dr Sharon Wright and based at Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow.


18:00     Welcome, Dr Sharon Wright

18:10     ‘The Coalition’s Sanctions Campaign: The Evidence’, Prof David Webster, University of Glasgow

18:30     ‘Sanctions in policy and practice’, Dr Sharon Wright, University of Glasgow

18:50     ‘The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland’, Carla McCormack, The Poverty Alliance

19:10     Questions and discussion

19.30     Close

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested in taking part.

Hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there if you can.

The Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network is a newly forming network designed to bring together people interested in welfare reform in Scotland, who may be:

•              experiencing or concerned about welfare reform

•              working with or for those affected by welfare reform

•              working in agencies affected by or delivering welfare reform

•              involved in designing policies and practices of welfare reform

•              researching or commenting on welfare reform.

The network is based at the University of Glasgow and aims to share and develop ideas and evidence that can impact on decision-making and policy outcomes relating to welfare reform.