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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A framework of indicators for measuring inclusive growth

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Diration: 2014-2015

It is increasingly recognised that measures of economic growth such as gross value added (GVA) fail to capture the nature and distributional outcomes of growth. This is significant as growth may not necessarily benefit households living in poverty. This research will address this by developing a framework of indicators to capture the complex and changing relationship between poverty and growth. It will help identify the extent of ‘inclusive growth’ in Britain’s cities and city-regions.

An Evaluation of Crisis' Sharing Solutions Programme

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Crisis is supporting eight projects throughout England, with grant funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The programme aims to develop and deliver innovative ways to improve shared accommodation in the private rented sector for those receiving housing benefit and only entitled to the shared accommodation rate (SAR) of Local Housing Allowance (LHA). The programme is seeking to:

  • develop models of renting that incentivise private landlords to rent to SAR recipients
  • improve the availability of shared accommodation, and
  • improve the sustainability of tenancies in shared accommodation.

CRESR is carrying out an evaluation of the programme, aimed at highlighting solutions that work and how barriers and challenges can be overcome.

See client website for more information.

The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty and Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2014-2015

This is the third research report produced by CRESR for the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Committee. The study updates estimates of the impact of individual welfare reform measures on Scotland as a whole and calculates the scale of the financial losses over all. In addition, the assessment identifies the scale of the impact on different household types in Scotland.

Hungry Children and Young People in North Nottinghamshire

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Food Poverty is a growing issue nationally. This project will look at the provision of Foodbanks in Bassetlaw and Newark & Sherwood and shed light on the extent of food poverty amongst families in North Nottinghamshire. The research will consider reasons why clients use Foodbanks , the interaction between food-poverty and changes within the welfare system, and the links between local service providers and Foodbanks in the area.

The Local Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2014

This project documents the impact of welfare reforms down to the local/neighbourhood level across all districts in Scotland.  This is especially important because a small number of districts, notably Glasgow and Edinburgh, cover a high proportion of Scotland’s population and because the district-level statistics are likely to obscure big differences in the impact between local areas.  Certain neighbourhoods are being hit extremely hard and this project provides evidence as to just quite how hard some areas are hit.  The new study builds directly on the foundations of a previous study by the team on Scotland for Scottish Parliament which provided district level figures for the impact of welfare reform.

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
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
Residential Landlords Association
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Small Business Service
Visit Wales
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