Welfare reform hitting the poorest hardest
CRESR

Welfare reform and labour markets

CRESR has a national reputation for undertaking research on labour markets in specific regional contexts among specific sub groups of the population and on labour market initiatives and welfare reform.

The centre is experienced at undertaking both large and small scale studies tailored to meet clients' needs. We use a range of methods to undertake process evaluations, impact analysis of labour market initiatives on outcomes, and the tracking of trajectories of local labour markets over time to assess the impact of welfare reform.

Key areas of expertise include:

  • conducting in-depth qualitative research with stakeholders, service providers and participants of job-activation schemes
  • designing, undertaking and analysing large scale surveys of workless individuals, households and benefit claimants
  • statistical analysis, benchmarking and spatial analysis of labour market trends, secondary and administrative data, benefits data and labour market outcomes
  • small area estimation of labour market accounting techniques and econometric analysis
  • profiling of labour markets in specific geographic areas
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The Impact on Scotland of the New Welfare Reforms

Project Directors: Professor Christina Beatty and Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2016

The devolution to Scotland of new responsibilities for social security should not obscure the fact that control over the majority of welfare spending in Scotland remains with Westminster.  And since the general election in May 2015, the UK government has announced a further major round of welfare reform.  This adds to the already substantial reforms introduced between 2010 and 2015.


The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project will chart the impact of welfare cuts across the Great Britain and estimate how the financial losses vary from place to place. The research will consider both pre-2015 and post-2015 welfare reforms. The project will assess the extent to which impacts differ by family type, as well as considering differences by tenure.


The Big Tenant Survey

Project Director: Professor David Robinson
Project Duration: 2015-2016

A survey of social tenants in England, allowing exploration of key issues in the context of major reform of the sector.


Talent Match Sheffield City Region Local Evaluation

Project Director: Elizabeth Sanderson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

Sheffield Futures are the lead partner of the partnership delivering the Big Lottery Fund's Talent Match Programme in the Sheffield City Region. The Programme aims to address high levels of unemployment among 18-24 year olds in the area. Although led by Sheffield Futures the involvement of various local delivery partners has meant there are different delivery models across the City Region.

Sheffield Futures would like to undertake an interim evaluation to understand which aspects of the delivery model have worked and which have worked less well.


Overcoming disconnection and deprivation in city regions

Project Director: Alasdair Rae (University of Sheffield)
Project Duration: 2015-2016

The Department of Town and regional Planning at the University of Sheffield is leading a research project commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The study seeks to develop policy proposals which can help local and national policy-makers overcome the traditional disconnect between deprived neighbourhoods and economic growth. The other research partner is the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. The main aims of the study are:

  • to identify which deprived places and neighbourhoods in the UK are well connected within urban labour markets, and which are not. This will be achieved through the creation of new measures of neighbourhood connectedness for the whole of the UK
  • to "ground-truth" the analysis by examining the neighbourhood types identified across the UK's eleven core cities, plus London. This involves policy and stakeholder consultation at the city region level
  • to provide research results in a way that resonates with a policy audience. This necessitates consultation with policy makers and key stakeholders throughout the research.

The project team also includes Ruth Hamilton (University of Sheffield).


Get in touch

For further information please contact Professor Del Roy Fletcher at d.r.fletcher@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 3487,
or Professor Christina Beatty at c.beatty@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 3539.

Key clients

BACTA
British Destinations
Circle Housing Wherry
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Department for Work and Pensions
Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire)
Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF)
Jobcentre Plus
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Ministry of Justice
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
National Housing Federation
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
Nottingham City and County Employment and Skills Board
Nottinghamshire County Council
Oxfam
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Small Business Service
SOVA
Visit Wales
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