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.

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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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How impactful will curbing access to benefits for EU citizens really be?

Limiting the access to benefits for EU citizens adds complexity for little gain, finds Policy in Practice's new analysis.

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Policy in Practice analysis featured in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill debate last week

Protecting Universal Credit work allowances is critical to the welfare reform agenda

We briefed Lord Kirkwood in support of the repeal of Universal Credit work allowances proposed amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. Read our analysis.

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House of Commons, Work and Pensions Committee: The Local Welfare Safety Net

The Local Welfare Safety Net inquiry report is critiqued here by Zoe Charlesworth and Paul Howarth, Welfare Reform Club, who also gave evidence.  

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MPs call for identification of people most vulnerable to welfare reforms

Last week's report into the Local Welfare Safety Net called for proactive identification of those most vulnerable to welfare reforms.

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