Grow the financial resilience of people you help

The benefit system is complex and changing all the time, making it difficult to understand. 

If you’re an advisor working for a housing association, local authority, welfare to work provider, charity or third sector organisation and you need to give advice to claimants, we can help.

Our calculator models over 4,000 pieces of legislation across four government departments to show how one individual is affected. Automatically updated on an ongoing basis and tested to be accurate across over one million real cases, Policy in Practice’s Benefit and Budgeting Calculator was built by people who understand the welfare benefit system and shaped by organisations who use it.

Our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator for organisations gives:

  • Full coverage and explanations of national and local benefits
  • A modelling function to enable you to compare changes of circumstances
  • A full budgeting suite to help claimants see where savings can be made
  • Comprehensive management information and audit tools

Here are three tools to help you get started.

Benefit and Budgeting Calculator: 5 steps to getting started

Just got your log in details? Download this 2 page guide for 5 steps to getting started.

The Benefit System: A guide to the current benefit system and Universal Credit

Read simple summaries of each main working-age benefit and the related eligibility rules.

Video: Introduction to Benefit and Budgeting Calculator

This short video tutorial gives a brief introduction to some of the main features of the software.

If you need further help

Our team of policy and technical experts is available to help you. If you have any questions during a session you can chat to our helpdesk live, during office hours, via the instant messaging function at the bottom right of your screen. Alternatively, call 0330 088 9242 or email