Policy in Practice believes the welfare system can work more effectively

We help people and organisations by making government policy simple to understand.


We show people how government policy affects them, so that they can make informed decisions and take control.

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

Our Universal Benefit and Budgeting Calculator lets local authorities, housing associations and welfare to work providers give enhanced benefit calculations to customers and show if they are better off in work.

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

Justine Roberts, Lewisham Council



We show local organisations how individual households are affected by all welfare reform policy changes, now and in the future. This helps them target resources, meet their statutory obligations and spend money more effectively.

We model how the policies of four government departments affect households on low incomes. Using a scientific approach to data visualisation we drill down to individual households to reveal the true impact of welfare reforms on them.

We provide consultancy on Welfare Reform Impact Analysis and Council Tax Reduction scheme modelling.

“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


Deven Ghelani’s thoughts from #CPC16

Read Deven Ghelani's thoughts from #CPC16 and what he thinks the 3 key themes of this year's Conservative Party conference were.

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The 4 main challenges to implementing welfare reforms in the South East

Read about the event we hosted on the challenges to implementing welfare reforms in the South East with speakers from Croydon and Tower Hamlets councils.

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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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