Universal credit on Victoria Derbyshire

Posted on 31 January 2018

Professor Peter Dwyer part of discussions on Universal Credit.

Professor Dwyer - Photograph by Dom Ennis

Joining experts in the field, Professor Peter Dwyer, Director of the Welfare Conditionality (WelCond) project, discussed issues surrounding Universal Credit and its effects on people already in work on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show.

In a special in-depth report on Tuesday 30 January's programme, Peter commented: ”Low paid people, who are already working, will be subject to a sanction regime that would penalise them if they do not search for better paid work”. He added: “That is a step change in the social security system in the UK”.

Welfare Conditionality is a large, collaborative ESRC-funded project studying effective conditionality in changing the behaviour of those receiving welfare benefits and service. The team of WelCond researchers from across six UK universities has conducted over 1000 interviews and aims to grow evidence into the extent to which linking welfare rights to responsibilities can bring about positive change in people’s lives. As the project finishes this year, findings will provide new and wide ranging data that will inform the work of policy-makers and practitioners.