Public Services and the Welfare State

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    Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants

Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants

As we consider what post-Brexit citizenship might look like, it is crucial to understand the pervasiveness of anxiety and its integral role in shaping policy processes. Here, Anne-Marie Fortier discusses how anxiety is attached especially to English language ability for applicants, whilst also highlighting the role it plays for those on the other side of the process: the registrars checking applications  for citizenship or settlement.

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    How proximity and trust are key factors in getting research to feed into policymaking

How proximity and trust are key factors in getting research to feed into policymaking

Policymakers frequently fail to use research evidence in their work. Academia moves too slowly for the policy world, and its findings do not translate easily into policy solutions. Using the Department of Health as a case study, Jo Maybin outlines how research most likely has an impact as a result of personal interactions between individual researchers and policymakers. But this can limit the […]

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    The politics of language and prejudice: How the New Primary Curriculum for English is outdated

The politics of language and prejudice: How the New Primary Curriculum for English is outdated

Matt Carmichael argues how Conservative policy regarding language tests in English is outdated. The social attitudes which underpin the tests are divisive and dangerous and have the effect of promoting prejudice.

As an English teacher, I thought the 2016 sample SATs paper for end of primary school grammar would make a good revision task for my Sixth Form English Language classes. […]

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    Giving back control? A contradiction at the heart of Universal Credit

Giving back control? A contradiction at the heart of Universal Credit

As Damian Green arrives as Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions, Universal Credit must be at the top of the long list of issues he faces – and the decisions he takes will have a major impact on many of the ‘ordinary working class’ families that Theresa May has promised will be the focus of […]

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    Evidence-based policy and policy as ‘translation’: designing a model for policymaking

Evidence-based policy and policy as ‘translation’: designing a model for policymaking

The EU referendum campaign and aftermath brought to the fore the ongoing debate about evidence and evidence-based policymaking (EBPM), write Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan. While Michael Gove’s suggestion that “people in this country have had enough of experts” could be seen as a rebuttal to criticisms of the Leave campaign’s misuse of statistics, it also draws attention not […]

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    The Child Support Agency is disappearing – but what about maintenance still owed for children?

The Child Support Agency is disappearing – but what about maintenance still owed for children?

As part of the process of replacing the Child Support Agency with the Child Maintenance Service, arrears being transferred to the latter are likely to sit untouched and uncollected, explains Janet Allbeson. This not only means that children will be failed, but the lack of persistent action to tackle non-payment makes child maintenance being seen as optional.

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    ‘I don’t want your benefits!’ Welfare reforms fail to understand the day-to-day lives of those on benefits

‘I don’t want your benefits!’ Welfare reforms fail to understand the day-to-day lives of those on benefits

Social security systems are being transformed according to untested assumptions about how benefit recipients act. Sharon Wright provides evidence to challenge several core myths on which British welfare reforms have been based. There is a wide gap between the dominant way in which welfare subjects are represented in political and media debate and the lived experiences of those receiving […]

Ashamed to claim? Just how common is benefits stigma?

Ever since the first benefits systems came into being, they have been accompanied by debates about benefits stigma. Yet there is surprisingly little research on just how prevalent such stigma is. Reporting on the results of an original survey in the UK, Ben Baumberg Geiger suggests that whilst measuring the extent of stigma is not easy, the survey results […]

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