The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

Article by Mark Considine, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Phuc Nguyen ABSTRACT In September 2009, the British Government launched a new employment assistance model called Flexible New Deal. It was soon replaced by Work Programme in 2011. Both prioritized what is often called a ‘black box’ approach to public employment assistance, whereby the government purchaser focuses predominantly on outcomes … [Read More] The Policymaker’s Dilemma: The Risks and Benefits of a ‘Black Box’ Approach to Commissioning Active Labour Market Programmes – Social Policy & Administration

The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT In this study we investigate the relationship between different definitions of national citizenship, sympathy for welfare recipients, and how this relation is mediated by attitudes towards immigrants. We make use of the 2008 wave of the Belgian Political Panel Survey 2006–11, in which over 4,800 18-year-old adolescents were questioned. The results demonstrate that an … [Read More] The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT Pierre Bourdieu is known for his research in the areas of education and cultural stratification that led to a number of theoretical contributions informing the social sciences. Bourdieu’s interrelated concepts of field, capital, and habitus have become central in many approaches to inequality and stratification across the social sciences. In addition, we argue that … [Read More] Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

INTRODUCTION Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. The NDIS … [Read More] The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds The Victorian government’s new shared equity pilot scheme and vacant residential property tax are positive moves, but the bulk of the recently announced affordable housing measures won’t have a big impact, critics say. Under the new $50 million pilot scheme HomesVic, 400 first home buyers will have the opportunity … [Read More] Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

Media Release A consortium of leading organisations from Australia’s community sector is calling on the government to immediately pull the plug on Centrelink’s RoboDebt, cease the intimidation and bullying of Centrelink clients and their families caught up in the automated debt recovery debacle, and provide a commitment that people’s protected information will not be publicly … [Read More] RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market, Treasurer Scott Morrison has said. Morrison said housing would be a very strong focus of the budget and he stressed the rental … [Read More] Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT This paper assesses the contribution that child support makes to Australian lone mothers’ income packages and the proportion lifted out of poverty as a result. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) dataset, we compare the results to a study conducted in the UK. Child support payments were more likely to … [Read More] The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

Media Release – Extract The Australian Council of Social Service today called on the Turnbull Government to throw out harsh proposals that have repeatedly failed to pass Parliament and adopt budget policies that are fair and sustainable. “After three years of chasing the ill-conceived 2014 Budget cuts, it’s time the Government recast its Budget strategy … [Read More] We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Somwrita Sarkar, Peter Phibbs and Roderick Simpson Australia’s global cities are a very large part of the nation’s economic success, but they are also generating significantly unequal incomes. Our recent research found that as Australian cities have grown, their income inequality has increased. Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow … [Read More] Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman Following the recent release of some new data on the use of the government’s Help to Buy scheme, David Kingman looks at whether it is really having a significant impact on would-be homeowners. Some new data recently released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and analysed … [Read More] How many people are really benefiting from Help to Buy? (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

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