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Welfare reforms and a new draconian regime of benefit conditionality and sanctions: the impact on claimants and landlords Successive Conservative led governments have introduced a series of welfare reforms designed to transform the benefit system in this country. They have done so in an attempt to cut the size of its benefit bill and 'responsibilise' benefit recipients. These reforms, which include the introduction of Universal Credit, a Benefit Cap and the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (the so-called 'Bedroom Tax'), have had an adverse effect on low income households. Their lives have been made even more challenging by the introduction in 2012 of the harshest regime of conditionality and sanctions in the history of the British benefits system. This seminar examines the impact of these changes on benefit recipients and on the other stakeholder most affected by them: social housing landlords. It does so by exploring the impact of two developments: the introduction of Universal Credit and a harsher conditionality and sanctions regime. It will feature the following contributions:

'Understanding the likely impact of Universal Credit: learning from the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects' by Professor Paul Hickman from Sheffield Hallam University

'Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness: ending the 'something for nothing culture' or punishing the poor?' by Dr Kesia Reeve from Sheffield Hallam University

'The Impact of a hostile welfare regime on social housing landlords' by Tony Stacey from the South Yorkshire Housing Association

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