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FUTURE WEBINARS, EVENTS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
WEBINARS AND EVENTS
Wed 12 June
10:30 to 11:30
Webinar: How Croydon Council is using data to deliver better outcomes
Croydon Council has adopted an early intervention and prevention approach to helping families affected by welfare reforms. Called Gateway, the award winning programme uses tools, including a LIFT Dashboard developed by Policy in Practice, to help it identify households at risk and target tailored support to people before they reach crisis point. The approach sees the council using its own data to proactively tackle poverty and prevent homelessness.
Gateway has been shortlisted for an MJ Award in the delivering better outcomes category. Ahead of the awards ceremony Julia Pitt, Gateway Director, joins our webinar to talk about the programme, the results it’s achieved so far and the impact it’s having on Croydon’s residents.
You will hear:
- How the Gateway programme was developed
- How the change from reactive to proactive support has been achieved
- What positive outcomes have been achieved
PRODUCT DEMO WEBINARS
Wed 29 May
12:00 to 12:45
Webinar: Are you evaluating benefits software?
Policy in Practice’s award-winning Benefit and Budgeting Calculator has everything you need to grow the financial resilience of the people you help. Get a walkthrough of the main features of the calculator in this short webinar and see why frontline advisors from local authorities, housing associations and Citizens Advice offices love it.
Join this 45 minute webinar to learn:
- How you can explain complex changes simply and with confidence
- What features help you maximise income and prepare for Universal Credit changes
- How to make a comprehensive and useful budgeting calculation
Wed 26 June
12:00 to 12:45
Webinar: Is a LIFT Dashboard right for you?
Your data can give you powerful insights to tackle the drivers of poverty and build financial resilience. Our 10 questions answered will help you decide if you’ve found the right platform to bring your data to life. Get a walkthrough of the main features of a LIFT Dashboard and hear what impact others have made using their data for good.
Join this 45 minute webinar to learn:
- What features help you identify vulnerability, target support and track change
- What prevention strategies local authorities are executing from their LIFT Dashboard
- Which datasets are most popular and how we work with them
SPEAKING & EXHIBITING ENGAGEMENTS
Wed 22 May
Welfare Reform Conference
Westminster Insight, central London. Deven Ghelani will take part in the Keynote Panel Discussion: Universal Credit – The Full Service at 10:00. The panel will talk about moving to managed migration and the associated challenges, barriers and emerging issues for local authorities, housing associations and the third sector. They will also cover supporting claimants making the transition to UC and mitigating both direct and indirect costs for the roll out of Universal Credit.
Fri 7 June
Living Standards Index for London shows how Universal Credit impacts individual families
National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers, Greenwich. Zoe Charlesworth and Deven Ghelani have been invited to present Policy in Practice’s latest research findings from our new Living Standards Index for London.
Tues 25 – Thurs 27
Chartered Institute of Housing, Manchester Central. Paul Howarth speak in the Universal Credit (Housing Management Stream) session on Wed 26 at 09:30. We’re exhibiting too, visit us on Stand A20.
Wed 10 July
Employment and Skills Convention 2019
Learning and Work Institute, central London. We’re supporting the convention again this year, please visit us on Stand 5.
Tues 10 Sept
Welfare Reforms and Reducing Rent Arrears in 2019: Policy Update, Developing an Effective Strategy and Managing Risk
Westminster Briefing, central London. Paul Howarth has been invited to speak on the topic of Policy Developments in Welfare Reforms and Developments in Universal Credit.
Tues 8 – Thurs 10
IRRV Annual conference
Telford. We’re supporting the conference again this year, please visit us on Stand 22.
ON DEMAND WEBINARS
Wed 17 April
Using data analytics to understand child vulnerability
Haroon Chowdry, Head of Analysis, Children’s Commissioner’s Office, joined us to discuss the crucial information that benefits data can give about family context, and how this can help with early identification of vulnerability. We shared findings from analysis we did for the CCO on the impact that welfare reforms will have on levels of child vulnerability.
Wed 20 Feb
Data analytics: Who’s missing out on benefits in your area?
Listen back to this webinar to hear guest speaker Corin Hammersley, Royal Borough of Greenwich, explain how they identified £20 million of unclaimed benefits for residents using a Policy in Practice LIFT Dashboard.
Wed 19 Sept 2018
Use your data effectively to identify and prevent vulnerability
Following our summer Leading Lights Network event at the House of Lords with Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, we continue the conversation about how to prevent households from falling in to crisis. Listen back to hear frontline stories of creative uses of public data that tackle vulnerability early, and in a proven sustainable way. With Chris Parker, Newcastle City Council.
Wed 18 April 2018
Proactively tackle homelessness
Hear about our work to proactively tackle homelessness using local predictors, developed with household data. With Claire Horton, Newcastle City Council.
Wed 17 Jan 2018
Track the living standards of low income households
Listen back to hear how we track living standards and visualise drivers of poverty with our LIFT dashboard. With Chris Buckman, Exeter City Council.
BENEFIT AND BUDGETING CALCULATOR
Mon 4 Feb
Webinar: How Citizens Advice is helping Universal Credit claimants
Hear guest speakers Kayley Hignell, Citizens Advice, and Nicky Rees, Citizens Advice Peterborough, in conversation with Deven Ghelani, Policy in Practice. As Universal Credit receives a refresh we asked what the recent changes mean for people affected, and how Citizens Advice is responding.
Wed 23 Jan
Webinar: Budgeting support: Best practice ways to help low income households
Hear guest speaker Marie Hardeman, The Guinness Group, in conversation with Donna Gallagher and Peter Carter. As personal debt hits new highs we talk about the budgeting support they offer to their tenants nationwide.
Wed 14 Nov 2018
Webinar: Universal Credit: how are frontline advisors responding?
Hear guest speaker Darren Thomas, Senior Welfare Advisor, Grwp Cynefin, in conversation with Zoe Charlesworth and Peter Carter, Policy in Practice. As Universal Credit rollout progresses from the live service to full service they discuss what the changes mean and how frontline advisors at Grwp Cynefin are faring. Zoe also outlines our Budget 2018 analysis of the changes to Universal Credit.
Wed 13 June 2018
Understand the impact of Universal Credit on rent collection
Hear guest speaker Bill Irvine, UC Advice & Advocacy, in conversation with Deven Ghelani and Zoe Charlesworth. They discuss how tenants are being hit as Universal Credit rolls out, what the latest policy updates mean for landlords and what practical steps housing associations can take to help tenants and protect rental income.
Wed 23 May 2018
Practical ways to help vulnerable households deal with debt
Hear about our award winning work with Phoenix to help vulnerable people deal with debt early whilst improving collection processes and reducing costs. With Carole Kenney, Phoenix, and Nick Rowe, London Borough of Ealing.
Wed 21 March 2018
Support disabled job seekers on their journey into work
Learn how frontline advisors are helping disabled job seekers understand benefit changes as Universal Credit rolls out nationwide. With Marise Mackie, Pluss.
Wed 6 Dec 2017
Help people on their financial journey to Universal Credit
Listen back to hear guest speakers from Solihull Community Housing and Your Homes Newcastle talk about how they use our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator.
COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT SCHEMES
Wed 20 March 2019
Council tax support models that Members can sign up to
In response to shrinking budgets 90% of English councils made changes to their CTRS schemes last year, almost all of them cuts. But, as Universal Credit rolls out, how should councils change their schemes, in order to protect their most vulnerable residents?
Policy in Practice’s Zoe Charlesworth and Megan Mclean talked to Allan Clark, Barnet Council to learn how they’re changing their council tax support scheme for Universal Credit and how Policy in Practice’s Council Tax Support Scheme modelling helped.
Wed 17 Oct 2018
Changing your Council Tax support scheme: what are others doing?
Listen back to hear guest speaker Clive Jones, Luton Borough Council, talking about why modelling the impacts of different options is the key to designing new CTRS schemes and the importance of member involvement. Zoe Charlesworth gives Universal Credit analysis updates and Juan Alvarez Vilanova outlines the 4 different approaches to modelling that we take.
Wed 21 Feb 2018
Understand how Universal Credit affects Council Tax Reduction Schemes
Universal Credit means the default council tax reduction scheme is no longer the best option. Find out how support schemes need to change. With Jenny Hoare, Wolverhampton City Council.
Wed 11 Oct 2017
Future proof your Council Tax Reduction Scheme for Universal Credit
Listen back to hear Paul Howarth, Welfare Reform Club and Ian Jones, LB Hackney talk about Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Universal Credit.
Wed 12 Dec 2018
2018: A policy review of the year
In our policy review of the year speakers, Deven Ghelani and Paul Howarth, looked back on a busy 2018. We reviewed the policy changes that have happened in 2018, shared some key findings from policy analysis we commissioned to do by clients, and looked forward to what this may mean for 2019.
Wed 6 Sept 2017
Help people transition onto Universal Credit
Listen back to our webinar with Aster Housing Group and Croydon Council on how they’re helping people transition onto Universal Credit.
Wed 19 July 2017
How to influence central government
Listen back to our webinar to hear how to influence central government policy development and get your frontline experiences heard. With Paul Howarth and Jake Love Soper.