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August 2015
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Welcome to Issue 4 of our project newsletter

Great news - we've nearly completed our first wave of intereviews. Our team have been out and about at events recently, and are starting analysis of our data. Here's our latest news - take a look at our newly improved website where you'll find full details of our progress. And for really up-to-the-minute news, follow us on twitter @WelCond. Get in touch by email.

Project briefs parliamentarians  The All Party Parliamentary Group on social science and policy heard a presentation from our Director Peter Dwyer last month. The Economic and Social Research Council produced a briefing on welfare conditionality and our research. See also Peter's presentation slides.
Social Policy Association events  Our team was well represented at this year's SPA annual conference. Dr Sharon Wright presented on lone parents and Dr Jenny McNeill on vulnerability in the welfare system. PhD research student Emily Ball also spoke on troubled families. Read our blog on lone parents.

And staying with the SPA, our project will be taking part in its policy roundtable event on welfare to work policy, on 11 September in London. More details.
Guest blog: the high cost of living with disability  Laura Welti, Manager of Bristol Disability Equality Forum, warns that the original purpose of unemployment-related benefits is being lost. She argues that people with disabilities are left worse off than others in the same situation.
Second wave of interviews to start  After a fantastic effort by our research team we've almost finished our first wave of 480 interviews with welfare service users. And so the second wave of our longitudinal research can begin. Over the next year we'll be going back to the same people and asking how they've got on.

We need just a few more volunteers for interview - if you've experienced sanctions or support through ASB or offending in Scotland, or work with people who have, please get in touch.
ASB presentation  Measures to sanction and support people involved in ASB - and whether they work - were our project's topic at HouseMark's recent annual ASB conference.

As Professor Peter Dwyer explained, conditionality aims to re-align the relationship between entitlement or support, and people’s conduct or behaviour. More info in our blog and briefing paper on this topic.
New look website  Our friendlier, easy-to-use website has gone live. Now it's even easier to leave your comments. Same address as ever, just better.
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