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.
In the US researchers also use administrative data to tackle social policy problems. Guest writer Mary-Alice Doyle shares work from J-PAL North America.
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.
Margaret Gallagher, Linda Morris and Emilio Innocenti from Haringey Council join us as we showcase how public sector administrative data is being used for good. Our guest speakers discuss how Haringey Council use the Policy in Practice LIFT Dashboard to run targeted intervention campaigns to encourage take-up of backdated Pension Credit claims.
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.
Ellie Kershaw from Tower Hamlets Council explores the challenges the borough has in spending Discretionary Housing Payments funding well. We hear how consistency with local priorities, speed of decision making and understanding effectiveness are key, and how Policy in Practice’s software is helping.
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.
Innovative and successful stories of data analytics in local authorities were shared by our LIFT Dashboard clients at our recent steering group. Read more.