social welfare

Improving social outcomes in Scotland: Devo Plus proposals for welfare devolution and reform

One of a series of papers prepared in the context of our second 'conversation' , funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on issues related to possible constitutional change in Scotland.

It summarises proposals for welfare devolution and how the provision of welfare can be simplified in order for users to better understand the source of the benefits they receive, and the constitutional rationale behind them.

Tell my story

Website of stories that depicts the impact that welfare reform will have on people.

A fair society? How the cuts target disabled people

Report written on behalf of the Campaign for a Fair Society, which analyses the impact of the cuts on disabled people.

Welfare in working order: points and principles for the Scottish debate - Part 1: Welfare 'reform' and mitigation in Scotland

Paper that is the first instalment of a three-part series on welfare. It examines the impacts of the UK Government’s welfare cuts and reforms. Subsequent papers will look at how Scotland uses existing powers better to improve prospects for learning and work, as well as exploring the potential for additional powers and the principles which should underline a progressive approach to welfare.

Social welfare at the British Library

Website which provides research publications on the topic of social welfare policy, including information on children and families; older adults; people with disabilities; minority groups; community development and regeneration; welfare benefits; employment, education, health, housing and social services; and offenders and the criminal justice service.

Everyday insecurity: life at the end of the welfare state

Briefing paper that shows how changes to welfare are now exacerbating the underlying challenges and driving up demand for local services, as people’s incomes fall and access to support, such as childcare and social care, is reduced. It presents some of the unfolding stories, testimonies and case studies of the people and groups living and working in an age of uncertainty and austerity.

Friends Provident Foundation: reports

A complete listing of all the reports published with the Foundation’s support, starting with the most recent. Topics include: citizenship, housing, social welfare and employment.

It's off to work we go? Moving from income support to jobseeker's allowance for single parents with a child aged five

Report that presents the emerging trends in the employment patterns of single parents since the introduction of targeted welfare-to-work interventions in 2008. It examines how prevailing labour market conditions, the provision of childcare services and back-to-work support from Jobcentre Plus (JCP) will impact on the ability of this group of single parents with younger children to move off unemployment benefits and into work.

Lone parents: unemployed or otherwise engaged?

Paper that examines change and continuity in policy approaches to supporting lone parent families since 1997. The paper considers whether re-categorizing those lone parents not engaged with the labour market as 'unemployed' reopens old debates about who deserves financial support from the state.

Father figures: how absent fathers on welfare could pay meaningful child support

Report that examines the state of play as regards absent fathers and offers eight policy recommendations to strengthen parental responsibility.