Policy in Practice believes change happens on the frontline

We bridge the gap between policy development and its implementation.


Our software tools are fast, simple and easy to use.

We communicate information using clear visual charts, and focus on outcomes rather than process. Our Universal Benefit and Budgeting Calculator helps people understand their benefit eligibility and shows them that they are tangibly better off in work.

"Advisors using the calculator were 3 times as effective at getting people into work"

Justine Roberts, Lewisham Council



Our team combines deep policy insight with practical frontline experience.

We have a specific expertise in welfare policy and anti-poverty strategies. We apply this to support our clients to tackle diverse problems and allow them to implement policy cost-effectively and according to the original policy intent.

“Policy in Practice were a pleasure to work with and we would definitely work with them in the future”

Lucy Capron, Children's Society


Financial Inclusion: Improving the financial health of the nation

Policy in Practice supported the Financial Inclusion Commission to produce a report of its findings. Financial Inclusion: Improving the financial health of the nation brings together the evidence the Commission has gathered from around the country. It identifies the progress made toward financial inclusion as well as the significant gaps that remain and the challenges ahead. The report also sets out a vision for a financially inclusive society and makes recommendations on what steps need to be taken to make this a reality.

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Universal Credit: Towards an effective poverty reduction strategy

This comprehensive review of Universal Credit finds that Universal Credit will help to reduce poverty through more money in people’s ‘pockets’ and improved ‘prospects’ upon entering work. The report recommends short, medium and long term reforms to Universal Credit to make the policy truly transformative. It was written by Deven Ghelani and Lisa Stidle and supported by the JRF.

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The right start: How to support early intervention through initial contact with families

The Children’s Society worked with Policy in Practice to produce a ‘how to’ guide to sharing live birth data and principles of a data-sharing agreement which can be adopted and implemented by local authorities.

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Blog Posts

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9 lessons from DWP’s Universal Support delivered locally trials

Policy in Practice was part of the consortium that evaluated Universal Support delivered locally trials for DWP. Read our nine key lessons here.

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Joining the dots – Universal Credit and Local Support

Deven Ghelani looks at the opportunities for Universal Credit and Local Support offered by local authorities and how this can be harnessed.

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Policy in Practice awarded G-Cloud 8 Digital Marketplace supplier

Policy in Practice, the leading provider of social policy software and consulting services, has been selected as a G-Cloud 8 Digital Marketplace supplier.

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Brexit: What’s next for ESF and local authorities?

Following the Brexit vote to leave the EU we look at the impact of potential cuts for ESF and local authorities, listing who may loose the most.