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 […]

Direct Payments under Universal Credit

Policy in Practice Director, Deven Ghelani, appeared on Sky News discussing reaction to welfare reform and the introduction of the system whereby housing benefit payments will no longer go directly to the landlord but instead will be paid into the tenant’s account. He argued that if you give people responsibility, they will take it. Whilst […]

Implementation of Universal Credit

Policy in Practice were on Sky News debating the implementation of Universal Credit with Frank Field. Universal Credit may have its troubles, but the alternative is that we are stuck with the broken benefit system we have today. Deven Ghelani, Director at Policy in Practice, made the point that we need a system that works […]

Benefit Fraud Discussed on BBC Radio London

Policy in Practice were on BBC Radio London discussing the DWP’s attempts to tackle Fraud and Error with a new local advertising campaign. The current benefit system creates too many opportunities for fraud, and stops people from claiming what they are entitled to. By simplifying the system and bringing the regulation and administration of benefits under […]

Universal Credit launched in Hammersmith and Fulham

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is the latest council to roll out Universal Credit for new benefit recipients. The Hammersmith and Fulham pilot will trial two new elements of the claim process: intensive back to work support upon making a new claim and the ‘claimant commitment‘. According to the DWP, claimants will have […]