Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness in the UK : ending the 'something for nothing culture' or punishing the poor?

REEVE, Kesia (2017). Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness in the UK : ending the 'something for nothing culture' or punishing the poor? Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 25 (1), 65-78.

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    Abstract

    In 2012 the UK Government introduced the harshest regime of conditionality and sanctions in the history of the benefits system. The Government insists sanctions are not punitive, but critics call this into question. In particular, the regime has been charged with disproportionately affecting vulnerable people. Based on a survey and qualitative interviews with homeless people, this paper shows that they are disproportionately sanctioned, and argues that it is difficult to see the regime as anything but punishment - punishment not for refusing to participate in the labour market, but for being unable to do so through homelessness, poverty, and ill-health.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Welfare Reform
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Natural and Build Environment
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/175982717X14842281240539
    Page Range: 65-78
    Depositing User: Kesia Reeve
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 11:13
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 11:49
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14660

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