Welfare Sanctions and Conditionality in the UK

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    Abstract

    Conditional welfare arrangements require people to behave in a certain way to access welfare goods, such as cash benefits, housing or support services. These behavioural conditions tend to be enforced through penalties or ‘sanctions’ that reduce, suspend or end access to these goods. This paper examines the efficacy and ethicality of conditional forms of welfare. It considers existing evidence about how effective welfare conditionality is at achieving and sustaining desired forms of
    behavioural change; what the impacts are; how different groups fare; and to what extent welfare conditionality can be morally justified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationYork
    PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9781909586468
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2014

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