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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Exploring out-of-work benefit claimants’ attitudes towards welfare reform and conditionality

Exploring out-of-work benefit claimants’ attitudes towards welfare reform and conditionality

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(p.105) Six Exploring out-of-work benefit claimants’ attitudes towards welfare reform and conditionality
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Social Policy Review 28
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Ruth Patrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0006

Chapter 6 explores whether and how far benefit claimants can see a logic for changes to the benefits system. The interviews with out-of-work benefit claimants show that many were angered by the impacts of Cameron’s welfare reforms on their own lives but nonetheless were supportive of the government’s broad agenda. This underlines the depth of a ‘new moral consensus on welfare’ that problematizes out-of-work benefits and those who claim them. In such an environment, it is very difficult for individual claimants to make a positive case for ‘welfare’ in general terms which, in turn, helps further embed the Conservative’s welfare reform narrative.

Keywords:   out-of-work benefits, welfare reform, claimants, Cameron, reform

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