Sharon Wright

Why benefit sanctions are both ineffective and harmful

Drawing on the first major independent study of benefit sanctions, support, and behaviour change, Sharon Wright, Sarah Johnsen, and Lisa Scullion write that not only do sanctions not help move people into work, they also have a detrimental effect on their lives. This is because sanctions push recipients further into poverty and cause significant distress in the process, with […]

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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 […]