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Earlier this year, Turn2us commissioned a team of policy experts
co-ordinated by the University of Kent team to carry out a major
research study assessing the impact of stigma and other social
influences on applying for benefits. The research team was composed
of Ben Baumberg (senior lecturer in social policy at the University
of Kent), Kate Bell (former policy director at Gingerbread) &
Declan Gaffney (independent policy consultant).
To reduce stigma, the study makes a number of suggestions,
We have also launched a smaller report, Read between the
lines: confronting the myths about the benefits system, which
will help campaigners tackle the inaccuracies that have for too
long dominated the discussion around benefits.
Access Read between the lines:
confronting the myths about the benefits system (PDF file size
As a next step, Turn2us intends
to widely publicise the findings and recommendations of
this study to policy makers.
The first stage of this process was a round table
discussion held by the policy and research team in Westminster
on Tuesday 23 October. Attendees included Kate Green MP, Luciana
Berger MP, Meg Munn MP, Baroness Lister of Burtersett, the Chief
Executives of Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree
Foundation as well as journalists and representatives from think
tanks and third sector organisations.
Read the Benefits
Stigma study research report (PDF file size 1,636)
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