In Budget 2018 Philip Hammond announced £2.7 billion boost to Universal Credit. We look at the impact some of these changes will have on the incomes of low-income households nationwide.
We respond to five changes affecting low income families that were announced in Budget 2018, namely Universal Credit, housing benefit, the minimum wage, tax allowances and affordable credit.
Four housing providers, Riverside, YMCA, St Mungo’s and Salvation Army, commissioned Policy in Practice to analyse how residents are impacted by Universal Credit, and identify improvements. Download Universal Credit and Supported Housing report here.
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 today gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about the impact of the lower benefit cap. This post summarises some of the key points presented before MPs, based on our experience of supporting local welfare providers on the front line.
Policy in Practice has been working closely with Luton Borough Council, in collaboration with service design agency UsCreates, to build a proactive and data-led approach to tackling homelessness. In this blog post we share 7 lessons learned so far.
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.