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For Whose Benefit?The Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform$
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Ruth Patrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447333463

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447333463.001.0001

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Ending welfare dependency? Experiencing welfare reform

Ending welfare dependency? Experiencing welfare reform

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(p.117) Five Ending welfare dependency? Experiencing welfare reform
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For Whose Benefit?
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Ruth Patrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447333463.003.0006

This chapter focuses on individuals’ experiences of welfare reform, and how changes to benefits are anticipated, experienced and reflected upon. Reforms detailed include changes to disability benefits, the intensification and extension of welfare conditionality, and the marked increase in the use of benefit sanctions. These changes are ongoing, and examining their impact and how they are experienced thus has an ongoing relevance and timeliness. This chapter details the ‘work’ and ‘costs’ associated with welfare reform, highlighting the extent to which together these constitute the significant ‘burden’ caused by benefit changes. Further, the ways in which welfare conditionality sometimes leads to perverse consequences is detailed – showing that conditionality and sanctions can impede rather than aid transitions from welfare to work.

Keywords:   welfare conditionality, sanctions, Employment and Support Allowance, welfare reform, poverty, insecurity

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