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Latest analysis, policy news and updates from Policy in Practice
In this issue:
  • Tracking the financial resilience of 13.5% of all Londoners over two years.
  • Preventing Vulnerability with Lord Bird at the House of Lords
  • IRRV Spring Conference: Winner announced!
  • Other events: Unconference, NESTA conference attendance
  • Upcoming webinars, speaking events and GDPR Update
  • Giovanni Tonutti's Television debut - a great watch!
What data analysis on 13.5% of London's population reveals
This month we presented preliminary phase three findings from our pan-London analysis of the living standards of low income Londoners. Our sample covers one-fifteenth of the total population of the capital, who were tracked on an anonymised basis over two years.

Building on  previous work from Phase One which showed the power of household level data to forecast demand and target support, and Phase Two which looked at the power of tracking households over time to identify causal drivers, Phase Three tracked the drivers of financial resilience, and the coming impact of Universal Credit.
Some highlights from Phase Three include:

  • Low income Londoners are becoming less financially resilient: The proportion of Londoners with low financial resilience has grown by 20% in the last two years, and will continue to grow through to 2020.
  • Employment helps build financial resilience: Employment is the main driver of people improving their financial resilience; for people affected, welfare reforms are a driver of lower resilience, but they don’t tell the full story.
  • Living standards fluctuate: Over two years a quarter of low income households in work lost their job at least once; improving job stability can help build resilience.
  • Get more out of Universal Credit data: Councils can identify which households will be better off and worse off on Universal Credit, and track half of all families on Universal Credit using their council tax support data.
  • The future isn’t bright: Londoners on low incomes face a bleak future with an average drop in their disposable income of £100 p/w if rents and other livings costs continue to rise as expected.

Request Phase Three findings report here

Leading Lights Network event: Preventing Vulnerability with Lord Bird
Policy in Practice's Leading Lights Network hosts an evening at the House of Lords for frontline practitioners to discuss how we can better prevent households from falling into crisis. The event is kindly sponsored by Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue.

Attendees will hear:

  • Lord Bird talk about the story of the Big Issue, his passion for prevention, and the drivers behind the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill
  • Stories from the frontline of creative uses of public data that tackle vulnerability early, and in a proven sustainable way

Venue:      River Room, House of Lords
Date:         Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 18:00 to 20:00
Speakers: Hosted by Policy in Practice and Lord Bird

Limited availability. Register your interest here

IRRV Spring Conference, NESTA's City Data Event and Utility Week 2018
We're delighted to congratulate Esme Hall, from Stockton on Tees Council, who won our stand prize of a pair of cinema tickets at the IRRV Spring Conference in Leeds this month. The conference sessions were lively and it was good to hear the stories of innovation from local councils, including partners of ours such as Cambridge City Council (pictured at the top) who work directly with utility companies to support vulnerable customers. We discussed the welfare landscape and how best to manage that, including taking on board some of the insight provided by DWP.

Further south, in London, we heard exciting stories at NESTA's City Data Conference about how the good use of data can transform public services. Getting the basics right was the core message from the speakers. Only when data is correctly set up in a uniform and accessible way can innovation truly flourish.

Speaking at Utility Week 2018 in Birmingham this month, Deven delivered a speech titled Customer Solutions: The debt landscape in response to a changing policy environment where he talked about identifying and helping vulnerable people deal with debt. He said, "Whenever I speak at a utility sector conference I'm always struck by how open people in the sector are to hearing what works elsewhere, and their commitment to helping support families in need."

View Deven's slidedeck from Utility Week 2018 here
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Forthcoming webinars
Webinar: The impact of Universal Credit on rent collection
Wed 13 June at 10:30

Join guest speaker Bill Irvine, UC Advice & Advocacy, in conversation with Deven Ghelani and Zoe Charlesworth, to hear how tenants are being hit as Universal Credit continues to roll out. We will discuss who’s most heavily impacted and what practical steps housing associations can take to help tenants and protect rental income.

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Webinar: Changing your Council Tax Support Scheme: what are others doing?
Wed 18 July at 10:30

Join us as we talk to two of our clients about their council tax support scheme modelling. We’ll be asking what factors they considered modelling, what schemes they rejected, and why, and what schemes they consulted on.

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Webinar: Preventing vulnerability
Wed 22 Aug at 10:30

Following on from our planned summer Leading Lights Network event at the House of Lords with Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, we continue the conversation about how to prevent households from falling in to crisis. Join us to hear frontline stories of creative uses of public data that tackle vulnerability early, and in a proven sustainable way.

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Latest on demand webinar
Hear about our award winning work with Phoenix to help vulnerable people deal with debt early whilst improving collection processes and reducing costs. With Carole Kenney, Phoenix, and Nick Rowe, London Borough of Ealing.

Listen to recording and view slides here

Forthcoming speaking engagements
The impact of welfare reform in London: using benefits data to track the effect of government policies on employment outcomes

Fri 22 June. International Conference for Administrative Data Research, Queens University, Belfast.

Giovannie Tonutti will present his work at this conference aimed at researchers who use administrative data to better understand populations and societies. His presentation falls under the conference theme of The World of Work which focusses on the labour market experience of those in, and out, of work.

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Identifying and Supporting Vulnerable Groups: Developing a consistent, comprehensive and compassionate approach
Thur 5 July. Public Policy Exchange: Enhancing the Quality of Bailiff Industry Services: Working in Partnership to Promote Good Practice and Support Vulnerable Groups, Westminster.

Deven Ghelani has been invited to speak at this important event on the topic of vulnerability.

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GDPR Update

With the General Data Protection Regulations now in force, we wanted to let you know that we take your privacy seriously at Policy in Practice. We regularly remove people from our mailing list that haven't engaged, most recently in April 2018. You can update your subscription using the unsubscribe link below, or by emailing All information collected on our sites will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, leased or rented to parties outside of Policy in Practice. You can read our revised privacy policy here.

If you want to learn more about our approach to working with large scale administrative datasets, please get in touch. We would be pleased to share with local councils our GDPR readiness guide, and demonstrate how data privacy, security and confidentiality have are given the highest priority at Policy in Practice.
Watch Giovanni Tonutti on discuss the impact of immigration policy on children with no recourse to public funds in his television debut.

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