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 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.

The Role of Health Interventions in Reducing Incapacity Claimant Numbers

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

Assessing the resilience of individuals and communities in the face of major welfare reform is both highly topical and urgent.  Over 2.5m people of working age are currently out-of-work on disability benefits (mainly Incapacity Benefit and its successor Employment and Support Allowance) and face major changes to their entitlements.  Over 800,000 may lose their disability benefits, and most of the remainder will for the first time be required to take steps to return to work.  Places with large concentrations of claimants, or individuals with particular health problems or barriers to work, may be less resilient to adjust to the large scale welfare reform underway.

The future of independent welfare advice in Rotherham

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Research to explore the future prospects for the provision of independent advice services in Rotherham in partnership with  the Advice in Rotherham (AiR) partnership. It was funded through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund's (BIG) Supporting Change and Impact initiative, which aimed to give existing BIG projects in the last 18 months of their funding additional resources through which to review the way they work and explore ways of placing the project on a more sustainable footing for the future.

Scoping Study on Youth Worklessness

Project Director: Ryan Powell
Project Duration: 2012

This scoping study on worklessness and employability among 19-24 year olds was commissioned to help inform the BIG Lottery Fund of potential areas of intervention in helping to alleviate youth worklessness and its consequences. The research was commissioned in March 2012 and involved two key research tasks: a literature review of existing evidence; and interviews with key stakeholders engaged in addressing youth unemployment in the public and voluntary and community sectors (VCS). 

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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