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For Whose Benefit? Discussing Welfare Reform

  • Wed, 29 Mar 2017
  • 4.00 PM - 6.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free

For Whose Benefit?

Accompanying the launch of her new book For Whose Benefit? Everyday Realities of Welfare Reform, Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool) convenes a discussion exploring the lived experiences of out-of-work benefits receipt, focusing on the extent of (mis)match between political narrative and everyday realities.

Does the popular narrative on ‘welfare dependency’ fit with individual experiences? How is ongoing welfare reform impacting on those directly affected? And what are the consequences of the endless growth in Poverty Porn for those living in poverty?

As further welfare reforms are rolled out, this timely event provides an opportunity to discuss these questions and consider the implications of ongoing benefit changes for the future of our welfare state. Speakers include representatives from the Dole Animators (a group of individuals directly affected by welfare reform), Councillor Jane Corbett (Liverpool City Council) and Phil McDuff (social policy commentator). The panel also includes Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool) who will shortly publish a book discussing five years spent following a small group of individuals affected by benefit changes. The event will be chaired by Ros Wynne-Jones from the Daily Mirror. Brief presentations will leave plenty of time for discussion and questions, with everyone who would like to encouraged to participate. 


For whose benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform contributes to debates about welfare reform by exploring dependency, benefit sanctions and stigma . Ruth Patrick talked to those at the sharp end of receiving out-of-work benefits over five years to find out how they experience citizenship, and whether the welfare state still offers meaningful protection in times of need. 

For whose benefit will be published on 12 April but can be pre-ordered via the Policy Press website at a special price of £15 by using the code POFWB.

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