Policy in Practice’s new research for the Local Government Association examines the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness.
Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness
Policy in Practice has been commissioned by the Local Government Association to examine the relationship between the freeze in Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates and the costs of homelessness to local authorities. The project is driven by the four-year freeze on LHA rates that will end in 2020. It gives an evidence base for the robust correlation of the LHA rate and homelessness costs and the model developed will provide the basis of an interactive modelling tool, allowing the LGA and policymakers to explore the effects of varying the LHA and its impact on homelessness and costs.
Universal Credit: making it work for supported housing residents
As Universal Credit full service is rolled out, supported housing residents are having to make and manage a Universal Credit claim for their personal needs. Riverside, YMCA, St Mungo’s, and the Salvation Army jointly commissioned Policy in Practice to investigate how Universal Credit would need to be adapted to work in practice for residents in short-term supported housing. Policy in Practice has undertaken qualitative analysis, a review of relevant literature and a series of discussions with providers, tenants, welfare experts and government officials.
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.
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.
Four housing providers, Riverside, YMCA, St Mungo’s and Salvation Army, commissioned Policy in Practice to analyse how residents are impacted by Universal Credit, and identify improvements. Download Universal Credit and Supported Housing report here.
Policy in Practice today gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about the impact of the lower benefit cap. This post summarises some of the key points presented before MPs, based on our experience of supporting local welfare providers on the front line.
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.
The Phase Two findings of our Low Income Londoners and welfare reform project looks at how the benefit cap affected Londoners.
The Observer highlights the broken link between housing support and rents as it covers new analysis from Policy in Practice.
New analysis on the impact of welfare reforms, including the broken link between LHA rates and rents, from Policy in Practice and Learning & Working Institute for the LGA.