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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The Impact of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2013

This project assessed the impacts of a raft of benefit changes which occurred as part of the national welfare reform agenda. The study provided estimates of the financial loss and numbers of individuals or households affected by the reforms for each local government district in Northern Ireland.

Direct Payments Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2011-2013

The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research is leading a research consortium, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to evaluate the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects programme. The other research partners are the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP) at the University of Oxford and Ipsos MORI (MORI).

Exploring the impact of Work Clubs in Manchester

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2013

This project will explore the strategic role and impact of Work Clubs in Manchester through qualitative research with Work Club staff and beneficiaries.

The local and regional impact of welfare reform in Great Britain

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project assesses the impacts of welfare reform on Great Britain. Each of the major elements of welfare reform are considered.  Estimates of the number of individuals or households affected and the financial loss incurred for every local authority in Great Britain are provided.

Welfare Reform in Hampshire

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This was a follow up piece of research for the Bill Sargent Trust investigating the impact of welfare reform on low income households in Hampshire. This study looked at the forthcoming reforms and the extent to which these would impact specifically on social housing tenants.

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
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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