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analysis, policy news and updates from Policy in Practice
In this issue
  • Policy in Practice software goes from analysis to impact
  • One in seven Londoners struggle to make ends meet
  • Join us at Northern Voices in Leeds to discuss Universal Credit and homelessness
  • See you in Telford at IRRV Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018
  • A better measure of poverty from the Social Metrics Commission
  • International impact: Advisor to Saudi Ministers checks out Benefit and Budgeting Calculator
  • Speaking engagements: IRRV Scotland and Westminster Insight
  • Future webinars and speaking engagements; latest blog posts
Policy in Practice software goes from analysis to impact
Our LIFT Dashboard now integrates directly into our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator, giving our local authority clients a clear line of sight from analysis to impact.

You can analyse your household level data using a LIFT Dashboard to pinpoint support to individual households, and now go further. Click directly from the dashboard into the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator, pre-populating household details, saving advisors time and engaging residents immediately. Personalised action plans are revealed, giving you ready made, action orientated conversation openers.

This exciting new integration is now available. Contact hello@policyinpractice.co.uk to take a look.
Latest analysis: 1 in 7 low-income Londoners can’t make ends meet
Policy in Practice’s latest analysis shows that 1 in 7 low-income Londoners can’t make ends meet. Our analysis of 550,000 low-income London households finds a 21% rise in families facing a cash shortfall since 2016. The number of families who are struggling is expected to triple by 2020.

  • One in three low-income families faced a cash shortfall for at least one month
  • Struggling families typically accrued a shortfall of over £2,000, with the shortfall lasting nine months
  • Enfield, Brent and Camden had the greatest proportion of low-income families facing a cash shortfall
  • Two thirds of households face a drop in disposable income of more than £30 per week by 2020

Housing affordability is a clear driver in shaping living standards. A 17% gap exists between rents faced by low-income Londoners renting privately and housing benefit awarded. The gap is greatest in Haringey, Barnet and Enfield where low income families struggle most with high rents and, subsequently, where increases in local housing allowances are most needed.

The transition to Universal Credit is expected to lead to 42% of households being worse off and 36% likely to be better off. Those most likely to have lower incomes are single parents and those working part time, while couples with children are among the likely beneficiaries. More than half of families in Islington and Croydon are expected to be worse off.

Download report here
Wave Two: Call for more London Borough participants
This research was supported by Trust for London and has been extended. In Wave Two we will track the impact of Universal Credit as it rolls out across the capital and build a public facing LIFT Dashboard to show the impacts of welfare reform and other analysis as requested by participating authorities.

We are actively recruiting more London Boroughs to join Wave Two. It is free to take part and you’ll learn how the living standards of low-income households in your area compared to the rest of London. Email
hello@policyinpractice.co.uk to find out more.
Northern Voices: Delivering Universal Credit and tackling homelessness
Policy in Practice and Northern Housing Consortium host this important event to bring Westminster policy makers together with Northern organisations.

Join central government speakers and local influencers in Leeds at our free one day workshop to exclusively hear the latest policy updates on Universal Credit managed migration from DWP and homelessness prevention from MHCLG. Help create a united voice of influence for people and practitioners in the north.

Attendees will:
  • Hear from central government about policy updates and plans
  • Contribute experiences in order to influence central government
  • Learn from the experiences of trailblazing organisations in the north
  • Network and benchmark with like minded peers

Find out more and book your place
IRRV 2018: The impact of Universal Credit on homelessness
The speaker line up for IRRV's Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018 is particularly strong this year, we're delighted to see so many of our clients on the agenda and are looking forward to attending the sessions. Deven is speaking about The Impact of Universal Credit on Homelessness at 11:50 on Wednesday 10 October so please do join him. The team will be delivering short demos of our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator and LIFT Dashboard on Stand 56 during the breaks.

Book a meeting with us at IRRV 2018
Total Available Resources: A better measure of poverty
Deven sits on the Social Metrics Commission, an independent group of experts working to develop metrics that give us a deeper understanding of poverty and one that would be widely accepted, help drive the right policy behaviours and hold current and future governments to account. Policy in Practice's work on financial resilience has been influence by the work of the commissioners.

The Social Metrics Commission launched Total Resources Available, an empirically robust measure that does a better job of identifying people who struggle to make ends meet, relative to the rest of the population.

We believe administrative data is the future of social policy analysis. We will be using the new metric in our analysis, ensuring the local organisations we work with are able to better target, and track the effectiveness of their support. We hope you will engage with the Social Metrics Commission and use the measure in your daily efforts to build resilience and tackle poverty.

Download Total Resources Available report here
Download the code
used to calculate the measure here
Learn more about Policy in Practice's financial resilience indicator here
International impact: Advisor to Saudi ministers checks out Benefit and Budgeting Calculator
Director of Skills Dr Saleh visited Policy in Practice to learn about how our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator could communicate eligibility for support simply to help the citizens of Saudi Arabia.
Speaking engagements: IRRV Scotland and Westminster Insight
Deven was invited to speak about Universal Credit: where next for social policy? at IRRV Scotland Conference 2018 in Crieff. Deven talked about the Social Security Act in Scotland and Universal Credit, covering how different demographic groups are likely to be impacted. He highlighted analysis that Scottish councils can do now with the household level data they collect on their local income households and gave examples of how other councils use their data to identify, target and track vulnerability.

View
Deven's slides from IRRV Scotland

Deven also spoke at Westminster Insight's Welfare Reform Conference this month, on Universal Credit full service roll out and managed migration. Giving policy updates, practical examples and tips, Deven referenced the House of Commons Library as well as Policy in Practice's LIFT Dashboard which is helping a number of local authorities identify who will struggle with Universal Credit.

View Deven's slides from Westminster Insight
Next webinars and events
 
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Future speaking engagements
IRRV Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018
Tues 9 – Thurs 11 October
Telford. Deven Ghelani will speak on How to Identify and Prevent Homelessness at 14:35 on Wednesday 10 October. Join the team on our exhibition stand for extra info and demos.

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Public Policy Exchange’s Enhancing the Quality of Bailiff Industry Services
Thurs 18 October
Central London. Deven Ghelani will speak about Identifying and Supporting Vulnerable Groups: Developing a consistent, comprehensive and compassionate approach at 13:30.

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Northern Voices: Delivering Universal Credit and tackling homelessness
Tues 23 October
Leeds. Policy in Practice and Northern Housing Consortium host this important event to bring Westminster policy makers together with northern organisations. Join central government speakers and local influencers in Leeds for our free one day workshop to exclusively hear the latest policy updates on Universal Credit managed migration from DWP and homelessness prevention from MHCLG. Help create a united voice of influence for people and practitioners in the north.

More details

Digital Housing Conference 2018

Wed 31 October
Salford. In a session titled Universal Credit: how to protect rental income and support tenants at 12:10 Deven Ghelani will talk about how Universal Credit rollout is affecting tenants and housing associations, now and in the future. Marie Hardeman, Guinness, will also share how they are using digital tools to meet these challenges. Join the team on our exhibition stand for extra info and demos.

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