Welfare reform hitting the poorest hardest

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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Letting to under-35s: A survey of private landlords

Project Director: Dr Ben Pattison
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This projects uses a survey to investigate landlord’s experiences and perceptions of letting to under-35s.

Making it Work Evaluation

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2013-2017

Making it Work is part of the 21st Century Life investment area of Investing in Communities, though which Big Lottery Scotland invests in projects that bring improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme will offer investment of up to £1.25 million each to a partnership in 4 local authority areas: Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Fife. Up to £2m investment is available to a partnership in Glasgow. Making it Work aims to join up services to tackle the barriers faced by lone parents returning to work, and to create more sustainable local partnerships to support lone parents in the future. The programme is targeting lone parents experiencing the greatest barriers, including those with disabilities, or caring for someone with disabilities; with a large family (3 or more);  living in an area with a depressed labour market; living in chaotic circumstances; with little work experience or who have been out of work for two or more years.

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.

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

British Destinations
Circle Housing Wherry
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Community Links
Department for Work and Pensions
Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire)
Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF)
Jobcentre Plus
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Labour Party
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
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Small Business Service
Visit Wales
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