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.
CIPFA is consulting on its plans to create an index of local authority financial resilience. We support CIPFA’s data led approach. The financial resilience of councils, and households they support, is critical. Councils can and should use their existing data to work on both.
Policy in Practice and Uscreates are working with Luton Borough Council to show how data and design can tackle homelessness.
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.
Policy in Practice supports Lord Bird’s Creditworthiness Assessment Bill and its potential to tackle financial vulnerability. Councils can do more to prevent homelessness using their own data and, on 17 July, our next Leading Lights Network event at the House of Lords will hear how.
Michael and I married in 2013. He was diagnosed with MND aged 33 and passed away in January 2018. In the last year of his life I became his primary carer. Policy in Practice and the MND Association asked me to share my experience of MND and the benefits system.
On Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) awareness day 2018 we launch our report: The implications of Universal Credit on people living with motor neurone disease (MND), commissioned by the MND Association. This post highlights some of our findings.
Policy in Practice responds to the NAO’s Rolling out Universal Credit report with four constructive suggestions that DWP can implement immediately to improve Universal Credit so it delivers more value for money for taxpayers and claimants.
Guest speaker Bill Irvine, UC Advice & Advocacy, joined Deven Ghelani and Zoe Charlesworth, to discuss the impact of Universal Credit on rent collection. They covered what the latest policy updates mean for landlords and what practical steps they can take to help tenants and protect rental income.