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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Coastal communities in South East England

Project Manager: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2011-2012

A review of the statistical evidence on the extent of economic and social disadvantage in the coastal communities of the South East LEP.

Review and Evaluation of ETE Support for Female Prisoners

Project Director: Professor Del Roy Fletcher
Project Duration: 2010-2011

The study comprises two key elements.  First, qualitative longitudinal research with female offenders at HMP Askham Grange.  Second, a best practice review of pre-release ETE support for female offenders.

The impact of incapacity benefit reform

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

Estimates of the anticipated local, regional and national impact of incapacity benefit reforms, including figures for every local authority in Britain.

Tackling Worklessness in Wales

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

A detailed investigation of the extent of worklessness on benefit in Wales, including the potential contribution of job growth in Cardiff to solving problems in the Valleys.

Qualitative Study of Offender Employment Review

Project Director: Professor Del Roy Fletcher
Project Duration: 2011

A qualitative study of offender employment services, with a specific focus on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the joint DWP / Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Offender Employment Review.

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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