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.
Deven Ghelani reviews new analysis by University of Warwick that challenges a key driver for benefit cuts, asking if the savings generated are worth the price paid.
We review what the main parties say about social security and welfare reform in their Election 2019 manifestos to see how they will increase living standards for low-income families.
Zoe Charlesworth looks at local welfare support and shares examples of data-led innovation by some London boroughs.
Fabiana Macor, Policy and Data Analyst at Policy in Practice, looks at the importance of costing the homelessness crisis both in London and across the UK and the role data analysis can play in homelessness prevention.
George Sanderson looks at the numbers behind advance payments and asks whether the new measure, though welcome, goes far enough to secure the financial resilience of low-income households.
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.
Zoe Charlesworth reviews announcements from the Spending Round 2019 and looks at some of the measures that could help people on low incomes and those who may be struggling.
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.
Paul Howarth reports back on DWP’s recent Universal Credit managed migration webinar, covering vulnerable and complex needs and service delivery workshops.
Zoe Charlesworth comments on recent reports from the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur and Human Rights Watch on poverty in the UK.
A new study by Policy in Practice for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner shows a dramatic increase in child vulnerability as a result of welfare reforms.