Research project: what are men’s experiences of claiming benefits?

Young claimants survey

Are you male and aged between 18 and 30? Are you currently receiving Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit? Would you like a £10 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher for sharing your experiences?

Not much is known about young men’s experiences of claiming benefits and how they get on at the job centre, so Jamie Redman, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, is conducting in-depth research on young males’ (18-30) experiences of receiving unemployment benefits in the area.

If you are a young man aged 18-30, then Jamie is interested in talking to you about any problems you may have had at the job centre and how you have managed them.

The chats will include talking about your fortnightly meetings with your work coach and signing on at Jobcentre Plus; daily job-searching; access to support services; and more general daily life.

To say thank you for taking part, you’ll receive a £10 gift voucher. The chat will take place somewhere where you feel comfortable (a hostel, community centre, library) and will last around 45 minutes to an hour.

You don’t have to talk about anything you don’t want to discuss and you can stop the interview at any time and you will still receive your voucher. You are free to withdraw from the study without giving reason.

Everything you say will be confidential – your name won’t be used and your details won’t be passed on to anyone else.

Jamie says:

“The objective of this study will be to understand why young men are more likely to experience benefit loss by finding out how claimants navigate the expectations placed upon them. Young men are more likely to experience benefit loss via sanction, but there is not much known about young men’s experiences of claiming benefits and how they get on at the job centre. This project is looking to find young men who will share their experiences of signing on; fortnightly meetings at the job centre; job-searching; access to support and more general daily life.”

If you would like to take part contact Jamie Redman either via email:

Or telephone: 07534 205 8726

Jamie Redman is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University.

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