3rd May 2017

The impact of benefit sanctions will be explored at a Howard League Scotland event co-sponsored by SCCJR.

In 2013, the number of financial penalties imposed on benefits claimants by the Department of Work and Pensions exceeded the number of fines imposed by courts. Our panellists will consider the impact of this ‘secret penal system’, which lacks the checks and balances of the mainstream criminal justice system. They will also consider what powers the Scottish Parliament has to mitigate the impact of these sanctions on benefit claimants in Scotland.


Dr Kirstein Rummery, Professor of Social Policy, University of Stirling

Satwat Rehman, Director, One Parent Families Scotland

Dr David Webster, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies), University of Glasgow


Dr Sarah Armstrong, Director, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

Visit Eventbrite to book your free place.