Benefit sanctions are key to welfare conditionality, a policy seeking to compel benefit claimants into work by making their receipt of welfare benefits contingent upon undertaking compulsory activities. There is mounting evidence that the sanctions system has multiple serious problems, including that many unfairly sanctioned do not challenge decisions. Drawing on a conference held in early 2020 – Benefit Sanctions: What’s next? – the Public Law Project and the University of York published a short-form strategy for civil society organisations working to improve the system. The candidate appointed to this post will help us pursue this strategy. In particular, they will undertake action-based research on access to remedies in the sanctions system. This will involve collecting evidence while giving advice on benefit sanctions, working collaboratively with our welfare rights specialist support hub and partner organisations.

PLP is growing. We are expanding our operations and developing our in-house expertise to meet some extraordinary challenges and opportunities: from austerity to Brexit, benefit sanctions to an unprecedented programme of justice reform, public sector technology to constitutional change.

Can you help us achieve access to justice?

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 11.59pm.

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