Childcare support is more generous under Universal Credit, but payments are claimed back like expenses, rather than paid upfront (as under Tax Credits). The government need to take on the cashflow risk.
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.
Deven Ghelani was part of a cross-party commission to develop a new measure of poverty, Total Available Resources, that will drive more effective policy interventions.
Managed migration should be treated as an opportunity for the government to show that Universal Credit is an improvement on the legacy system. In this blog post, we argue that the DWP can deliver effective support that improves the lives of claimants and supports people toward independence.
Deven Ghelani comments on Child Poverty Action Group’s Rough Justice report into fluctuating earnings and Universal Credit.
Deven Ghelani visited Glasgow’s Universal Credit service centre with Lord Kirkwood to understand the experiences of frontline practitioners who are delivering Universal Credit Full service.
Policy in Practice was joined by Pluss and Ingeus to deliver a talk on Universal Credit and the Work and Health Programme at this year’s new Employment and Skills conference.
Policy in Practice’s third Leading Lights Network event was sponsored by Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, and held at the House of Lords. The theme was preventing vulnerability, with a particular focus on the Homelessness Reduction Act. Read this summary of what was discussed.