We believe that, with the right support, most people can find work and build a career. We chose to work with Policy in Practice because their unparalleled expertise in simplifying the welfare system, as well as their software, allows us to deliver innovative services to jobseekers across the entire Southern region.
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Frontline advisors are critical to helping Buckinghamshire County Council maximise the opportunity whilst mitigating the risks that welfare reform brings. Our software helps.
Our calculator models over 4,000 pieces of legislation across four government departments to show how one individual is affected. Automatically updated on an ongoing basis and tested to be accurate across over one million real cases, Policy in Practice’s Benefit and Budgeting Calculator was built by people who understand the welfare benefit system and shaped by organisations who use it.
Universal Credit ready
Accurate calculation of UC income and current system. Triage customer support needs and signpost on. Personalised income calendar of future UC income. Considers weekly based income. Personalised budget plan features deductions at source, priority and advanced payments, sanctions and cash left.
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Accurate calculation of benefit income. Individual actions to maximise income. Budgeting engine shows where to make savings. Quick links to benefit application and job search.
customers more likely to see how the welfare system affects them
easy to use
Visual charts and engaging user interface. Compares up to four scenarios side by side. Benefit breakdown for advocacy and audit purposes. Customised for organisations and advisors.
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Action orientated advice
Personalised action list for users and advisors. Better off calculation linked to job search. Identifies barriers and sources of support. Calendar of future Universal Credit payments.
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We believe that, with the right support, most people can find work and build a career. We chose to work with Policy in Practice because their unparelled expertise in simplifying the welfare system, as well as their software, allows us to deliver innovative services to jobseekers across the entire Southern region.
Deven understood what our needs were and listened to how we intended to use the calculator as part of our pilot. His detailed knowledge of the current benefit system and Universal Credit, combined with his technical expertise to build online tools of this type, made him the ideal person to work with.
Policy in Practice has helped Oxford to develop a budgeting tool that helps our advisors to have better, outcome-focused conversations with our residents. They have made DHP applications more effective, as well as more efficient, reducing the dependence of our residents on discretionary housing payments.