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Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change Project

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Thursday 7 July 2016, 1.30PM to 4.30pm

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Dwyer and team members

‌Welfare conditionality is about linking welfare rights to ‘responsible’ behaviour. A principle of conditionality holds that access to certain basic, publicly provided, welfare benefits and services should be dependent on an individual first agreeing to meet particular obligations or patterns of behaviour. Those in favour of welfare conditionality believe that individuals who refuse to behave in a responsible manner (e.g. engage in job search activities, ensure their children attend school), or who continue to behave irresponsibly (e.g. engage in anti-social behaviour, refuse to accept help in tackling the problems they may face) should have their rights to support reduced or removed.

Within and beyond the UK, the use of conditional welfare arrangements that combine elements of sanction and support which aim to ‘correct’ the ‘problematic’ behaviour of certain recipients of welfare is now well established. Conditionality is currently embedded in a broad range of policy arenas including: unemployment and disability benefit systems, family intervention projects, street homelessness projects and social housing.

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For subscribing organisations this is an Adult & Childrens Services event.

For others there is a fee of £95

Bursaries are available for students and for staff and volunteers from voluntary and community groups and charities; please ask for details.

Location: Conference Suite, Innovation Centre, York Science Park, University of York


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