The Uneven Impact of Welfare Reform: The financial losses to places and people. WRI and CHIR Guest Lecture by Professor Christina Beatty
Welfare reform has been a defining feature of UK governments since 2010. In the 2015 Budget and Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne announced a further £12bn of welfare cuts to add to the £17bn announced by the previous Coalition government. The reforms are firmly targeted at the working age population, affecting those in work as well as out of work. Collectively, these reforms are set to deliver the largest reduction in the income of the UK’s poorest families in modern times.
Christina will present evidence from a new study that she has undertaken with Professor Steve Fothergill which assesses the uneven impact of the welfare cuts. The research highlights the wide variation in financial losses incurred across the country and by different types of households in Britain. The cumulative impact of the reforms on tenants in the social rented sector is also considered. The project is co-funded by Oxfam, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Sheffield Hallam University.
Christina is a Professor of Applied Economic Geography at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. She leads the Centre's Data Analysis and Policy Team and has over 20 years' experience undertaking applied policy and evidence based research for a range of funders including central and local government, charities and ESRC. In recent years, her work with Professor Steve Fothergill has shed light on the uneven impacts of welfare reform both to places and people, raising questions about whether in reality we are 'all in this together'.