Deven Ghelani and Paul Wallace were asked Should Universal Credit be scrapped? in Prospect magazine’s The Duel, December 2019. Article reproduced with kind permission.
Our new analysis, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, identifies 7 factors that determine a household’s ability to cope with the transition to Universal Credit. We give 4 recommendations that Government should adopt now.
Deven Ghelani discussed Fintech and the Benefits System at a roundtable hosted by Lord Holmes of Richmond recently. He identifies 4 barriers to be overcome if using government data to prevent hardship is to be adopted more widely.
A new tool is helping councils turn rich data into real help for low-income families. The new Living Standards Index for London, built by collaboration, reveals the capital’s pockets of poverty.
Policy in Practice host Heidi Allen MP for a roundtable to discuss the benefit freeze and Universal Credit
Heidi Allen MP, newly of The Independent Group, gathered welfare specialists from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Trussell Trust, Citizens Advice and the Resolution Foundation to discuss issues related to the benefit freeze and Universal Credit, hosted at Policy in Practice’s offices at Millbank.
Deven Ghelani argues that Universal Credit can improve lives but the government must invest if this fundamental change to the benefit system is to deliver on the promise of the concept he helped design.
Policy in Practice’s latest analysis shows that 1 in 7 low-income Londoners can’t make ends meet. Our analysis of 550,000 low-income London households 21% more low-income Londoners face a cash shortfall since 2016. The number of families who are struggling is expected to triple to 238,000 by 2020.