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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Rochdale Families Project

Project Director: Professor John Flint
Project Duration: 2010-2011

A team of researchers at CRESR and Sheffield Hallam University were commissioned by New Heart for Heywood New Deal for Communities (NDC) and Rochdale Borough Council to evaluate the Rochdale Families Project.

The project, funded by the New Heart for Heywood NDC, aimed to provide early intervention and intensive support to vulnerable families and to prevent risks including children being accommodated by the local authority, exclusion from education and entry into the criminal justice system. The project was based on a key worker outreach model and worked with a total of 18 families.


Tackling worklessness in Britain’s weaker local economies

Project Director: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2010-2011

A review of the scale of worklessness on benefit across all UK districts, including trends before and after the 2008 financial crisis, the prospects through to 2020, and the role of government policy.


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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