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 Calculator helps people to understand their benefit entitlements 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.

View the paper

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.

View the paper

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.

View the paper

Blog Posts

UC_ every household counts_worse off (1)

Universal Credit: the impact across London Boroughs, Big Cities and Small Cities and Towns

In the second of our National Picture of Welfare Reform series we look at how the impact of Universal Credit varies nationwide. 

| posted in: Big data, Blog, Universal Credit | 0 Comments
Who is most at risk from lower benefit cap?

Welfare Reform: comparing the impacts on London, big cities and small towns

New analysis from Policy in Practice compares the different impacts welfare reforms are having on cities, towns and London Boroughs.

| posted in: Big data, Blog, Welfare Reform | 0 Comments
Policy in Practice analysis asks does Universal Credit still make work pay?

Six key statistics on the impact of work allowance cuts to Universal Credit

Our recent analysis on the impact of work allowance cuts to Universal Credit echoes findings in this week's report by Resolution Foundation.

| posted in: Blog, Universal Credit | 0 Comments
Local Government Association projections for income against expenditure for local authorities in England (Source: Policy Exchange, Small Pieces Loosely Joined, January 2015)

Using data to fight poverty in the UK

Some local authorities are targeting their support programmes using data to fight poverty, wrote Deven Ghelani and Jane Mansour in this article for the CPI.

| posted in: Big data, Blog, poverty | 0 Comments