Sanctions in Scotland: Evidence, policy in practice and impacts
Thursday 19th February 2015
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.
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
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.