Welfare Sanctions: a form of institutional stigma

Welfare Sanctions: a form of institutional stigma

The Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) has long been trying to challenge the narrative around welfare receipt. This persistent narrative maintains that beneficiaries are somehow lesser individuals simply because they need the support of the state for a period of time....

OFFICE UPDATE – COVID-19

In response to the changing COVID-19 all of our staff will now be working from home. We ask all clients to please phone, email or message our office for advice. We will no longer be holding face to face appointments but should still be able to assist clients remotely....

COVID-19 Economic Package

As many of you will have seen the government announced a economic stimulus package on the 17 March in response to COVID-19 situation. Part of this package is to address those on benefits. The changes which will be seen on benefits are a $25/week increase for main...

Sanctions Research Survey

Thanks to a generous grant from Lotteries, BAS is conducting research into the impact of welfare sanctions. In the year ending December 2018, 44959 beneficiaries were sanctioned. Our project seeks to assess whether these sanctions are having their designed effect in...

Designing for the Majority

Home Designing for the Majority Media release 9th October 2018 When we talk about paid work, we don’t concentrate on the few that rip off their boss or cheat on their taxes, as these are the minor few.  It is the same with beneficiaries or any group of...