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DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule

DWP 'punishing' low-paid full-time workers under new benefits rule | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Critics say scheme under which working people claiming universal credit can be fined for failing to do enough to find more work is ‘political dynamite’

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Professor Peter Dwyer is part of the ESRC funded  Welfare Conditionality project research team at the University of York.

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Welfare reforms to hit lone parents

Welfare reforms to hit lone parents | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Lone parents with young children stand to lose more than £1,800 a year under the UK Government
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Benefits cap getting 'more to work'

Benefits cap getting 'more to work' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The government's cap on benefits is providing an incentive for people to find work, new research has suggested.

Studies for the Department for Work and Pensions found those affected by the cap were 41% more likely to get a job than people who were unaffected.


Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the benefits cap was "changing attitudes and behaviour".


But the Institute for Fiscal Studies said savings from the cap were "small".

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Article features analysis from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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A welfare-building nation changes its mind

The public's view on work and welfare in Britain has shifted fundamentally in the past 30 years, new research has revealed.

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The article cites research by the University of Bristol, which used data from the ESRC-funded British Social Attitudes survey.

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Welfare changes

Changes to the welfare state after independence could cost £750 million in the first year alone, pro-UK campaigners have claimed.
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The article, published on 5 September, mentions figures from the impartial Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Scottish Independence: Better Together to Challenge 'Truth' Behind SNP Welfare Claims

Scottish Independence: Better Together to Challenge 'Truth' Behind SNP Welfare Claims | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will face scrutiny over welfare in an independent Scotland.
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The article, published on 5 September, mentions figures from the impartial Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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There are alternatives to endless cuts

There are alternatives to endless cuts | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The era of austerity will not end after next year’s general election. Most of us probably knew that.

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The article cites findings from the Institute of Fiscal Studies which receives funding from the ESRC

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Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less

Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Survey responses from people in 18 European countries, including the UK, showed that 'the notion that big welfare states are associated with widespread cultures of dependency, or other adverse consequences of poor short term incentives to work, receives little support.'

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The article cites the ESRC-funded European Social Survey (ESS).

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Benefits cap NOT helping poor find jobs

Benefits cap NOT helping poor find jobs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found the “large majority” of those hit by the welfare clampdown had failed to find a job or been able to move to a cheaper house

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance

Osborne Bets on Credibility With Harder Welfare Stance | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged to squeeze benefits for 10 million families in a gamble that his Conservative Party’s toughening economic stance will win him credibility with voters.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year

Nationalists’ plan for Scottish welfare state will cost £750m extra per year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
SNP plans for a separate Scottish welfare state could cost taxpayers £750million extra in the first year of independence alone.
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What about Scotland's benefits system?

What about Scotland's benefits system? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the people of Scotland weigh up how to vote in the independence referendum, they are asking questions on a range of topics.

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The article cites the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Cuts have hit disabled people harder, says equality watchdog report

Disabled people have been hit disproportionately hard by the government's welfare reforms, a new report published by the equality watchdog has confirmed.
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Article mentions a report from the ESRC-funded National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

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Why young people are losing faith in the welfare state

Why young people are losing faith in the welfare state | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Recent proposals for benefit reform have centred upon the argument that at present many people feel they getnothing for something from the welfare state, while those on benefits reap the rewards.


The rationale behind these proposals is two-fold. The first is that the erosion of universal benefits and social insurance means many people feel they now get little welfare bang for their income tax buck. This is the argument for self-interest: people like welfare when they get something from it.


The second is that heavy means-testing has created a dependency culture in which many claimants do not want to work. This is the argument against solidarity: that the public are less willing to help benefit claimants because they perceive them as undeserving.


But what if there is another cause of attitude change? And thus, what if the solution might be much, much different?

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Article written by ESRC-funded Daniel Sage.

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