The Impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland - Tracking Study - Sweep 3 Report

The aim of the study is to explore the impact of on-going welfare changes on a range of households in Scotland over time. This report provides the findings from the first three sweeps of interviews, conducted between September 2013 and March 2015. It looks at cumulative impacts over time as well as findings from an in depth module on support accessed by those claiming benefits.

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1. These elements were replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund

2. Following a Work Capability Assessment, ESA claimants are placed in one of two groups: those in the Work Related Activity Group are required to attend interviews with a Jobcentre Plus advisor to discuss job seeking activities and may be required to participate in the Work Programme; while those whose disability severely limits what they can do are placed in the Support Group, and are not required to attend interviews.

3. (Accessed 26 February 2015)


5. Interview schedules for Sweeps 1 and 2 can be found in the appendices to the Year 1 Report (Graham et al., 2014).

6. The rationale for using a qualitative longitudinal approach has been outlined in previous reports.

7. Sweep 1 and 2 interview schedules were included in the previous report.

8. One interview at Sweep 3 was conducted by telephone.


10. This website has now been incorporated into

11. See for more information: (Accessed 30 April 2015).


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