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Latest analysis, policy news and updates from Policy in Practice
In this issue
  • Our 2017 in numbers
  • Policy in Practice partners with ERSA, Ingeus and Pluss to deliver Work and Health
  • Leading Lights: DWP engagement and a tour of JCPs
  • Work with us - new vacancies at Policy in Practice
  • Webinars on modelling CTR schemes, helping disabled people into work and tackling homelessness
  • Blogs on homelessness and our response to Free School Meals consultation
  • Say hello to two newborn team members
The impact Policy in Practice had in 2017

We are delighted to share the impact Policy in Practice had in 2017. Here are some of the key numbers that would not have been possible without your support.
Policy in Practice helps make the welfare system simple to understand
Policy in Practice partners with ERSA, Ingeus and Pluss to deliver Work and Health

Policy in Practice and ERSA have joined forces to help drive change in the employment support sector. Helping people realise the benefits of work is a key aim of both organisations and we're looking forward to working together on lots of interesting activity this year.

Together we will bring our respective experiences and knowledge to drive innovation in the sector. First up, we will be sharing our latest analysis on the impact of welfare reforms on low income Londoners at ERSA's Employment Support London event on Thursday 22 February.

In addition, Policy in Practice has been chosen to support two of the five providers of the Work and Health Programme, Ingeus and Pluss.

Ingeus will deliver the Work and Health Programme in the North West and Pluss will deliver the contract in Southern England. Both organisations chose Policy in Practice's Benefit and Budgeting Calculator to help programme participants understand the benefits they could get and the impact of earnings or other changes.

Join our webinar: Support disabled job seekers on their journey into work on 21 February
Leading Lights: DWP engagement and a tour of JCPs
Policy in Practice welcomes the appointment of Rt Hon Esther McVey who was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 8 January 2018 in the Prime Minister's latest reshuffle. We look forward to continuing the postive relationship we have with the DWP in this important year for delivery of Universal Credit full service and the new Work and Health programme.

Following on from the successful Leading Lights Network event we held at the House of Lords in October, Deven Ghelani and Lord Kirkwood will be visiting a number of Job Centre Plus offices from February. From the visits Archy and Deven want to see firsthand the experience of claimants, as well as frontline advisors, as the roll out of Universal Credit full service continues. The first visit will be to a JCP in Kent in early February. This practical fact finding activity will build on the ongoing engagement Policy in Practice continues to have with the DWP.

Our next Leading Lights event is a local authority led roundtable discussion on how to improve lives through holistic support, to reduce dependency.

Register your interest in our next Leading Lights event
Work with us - new roles at Policy in Practice
We are recruiting for the following positions and want to hear from people who want to make difference:

  • Business Development Representative
  • Policy and Operations Intern (paid)
  • Business Intelligence and SQL Developer

View job descriptions and how to apply
Forthcoming webinars
Webinar: Understand how Universal Credit affects Council Tax Reduction Schemes

Wednesday 21 February at 10:30 to 11:30
Can’t make the date? Register anyway to get the recording and slides

Universal Credit means the default council tax reduction scheme is no longer the best option. Find out how support schemes need to change. With guest speaker Jenny Hoare, Wolverhampton City Council.

More details and register here
Webinar: Support disabled job seekers on their journey into work

Wednesday 21 March at 10:30 to 11:30
Can’t make the date? Register anyway to get the recording and slides

Learn how frontline advisors are helping disabled job seekers understand benefit changes as Universal Credit changes roll out. With guest speaker Marise Mackie, Pluss.

More details and register here
Latest on demand webinar
Listen back to this Policy in Practice webinar to learn how to track living standards, see the impact of policy changes and visualise drivers of poverty.

Hear how Policy in Practice’s LIFT dashboard can help you tackle homelessness by:

  • identifying who may be at risk of homelessness
  • offering tailored messages to help you engage with those households
  • tracking what happens to those households over time

Guest speaker, Chris Buckman from Exeter City Council outlines how they are using Policy in Practice’s Low Income Family Tracker dashboard.

Listen to recording and view slides here
Newborn team members
We're delighted to introduce two newborn members to the Policy in Practice team. Welcome to Chair Baby 2.0 Vidhya Ghelani (above), born 20 December, and also to Technical Baby Zara Rastgar, born 26 December. Congratulations and best wishes to Mashhood and Deven, and their respective families.

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