New funding for Housing First initiatives is welcome in the fight against homelessness. We look at how councils can also use data insights in their prevention work.
Our 2019 review of council tax support schemes looks behind the trends to see what’s driving change, and what councils should consider in the future.
In our take on Universal Credit in 2019 we review policy changes and recap our analysis and recommendations. We look forward to 2020 and how UC must change to work for everyone.
We share 4 trends we’ve seen from modelling 150+ council tax reduction schemes in 2019 and discuss why discount schemes will be popular in the future.
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.