Universal Credit: changing the culture of Jobcentre Plus

Policy in Practice recently went to see Universal Credit (UC) live in Hammersmith Jobcentre Plus. We spoke with frontline UC advisors, most of whom had previously been Jobseeker’s Allowance advisors, to find out about their experiences of the new system. The frontline advisors we spoke with felt that Universal Credit fostered a more positive relationship […]

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Universal Credit: towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

Universal Credit: towards an effective poverty reduction strategy New Report Launched today The report was written by Deven Ghelani and Lisa Stidle of Policy in Practice, and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit. The report recommends short, medium and long-term […]

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Universal Credit: Press Release from Policy in Practice

Policy in Practice launches its new report on Universal Credit tomorrow. The report asserts that people will have to work fewer hours to escape poverty under Universal Credit. The report recommends short, medium and long-term reforms to Universal Credit to make the policy truly transformative. The Minister for Welfare Reform will be responding to the findings […]

Universal Credit and zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts have been in the news lately, and hit the headlines again today in the context of Universal Credit. These contracts can tie workers into in-work poverty, through insecure and low paid employment. The current benefit system In the context of the benefit system, there are a lot of things wrong with zero-hours contracts. […]

Personal allowances won’t help most low income households. How could that money be better spent on Universal Credit?

George Osborne announced today that the personal tax allowance will be raised from £10,000 to £10,500 in April 2015. Based on the cost of last year’s increase, this will cost around £1 billion. But as Policy in Practice will argue in its upcoming report Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy, low income households […]

Austerity and Welfare Reform: Should we separate the two?

Policy in Practice was invited to speak to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) on welfare reform, along with Steve Fothergill, from the Centre for Regional and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam. We were asked to give evidence on the cumulative impact of Welfare Reform in order to generate discussion with participants at the stakeholder […]