Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change

Organization(s): Economic & Social Research Council
Author: Peter Dwyer
Regions: Western Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2018
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This overview summarises the final findings of the Welfare Conditionality project (2013-2018). It
presents analysis on the effectiveness, impacts and ethics of welfare conditionality, and the sanctions
and mandatory support that underpin this approach. Discussion draws on analyses of qualitative data
generated in interviews with 52 policy stakeholders, 27 focus groups conducted with practitioners, and
repeat qualitative longitudinal interviews undertaken with welfare service users in England and Scotland
(481 at wave a). Interviewees were drawn from nine policy areas: jobseekers, Universal Credit (UC) recipients, disabled people, migrants, lone parents, offenders, social tenants, homeless people, and those subject to anti-social behaviour (ASB) interventions and Family Intervention Projects (FIPs).

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