A data led investigation into the causes and
Supported by Trust for London Policy in Practice has embarked on an ambitious project to track changing living standards for almost one million Londoners. By combining anonymised household level data sets from councils across London we are tracking income, employment and poverty for half a million low-income households over two years, on a monthly basis.
Data is already used to detect fraud and chase arrears, so why not use it to help citizens?
About the project
Data can tell us what impact national and local policies are having on low income households and help us design better interventions.
The project proves what can be revealed when local authorities collaborate with their data. Tracking households over time tells policymakers what support is effective. The evidence base we’ve built is now a powerful tool, capable of influencing central government. Our approach is proven and deserves wider application.
We believe that administrative data is so influential it can drive the future of social policy. Some councils taking part in this project are showing how. They’re using insights from their data to identify struggling families early and targeting support, to avoid crisis.
To find out more or get involved please email email@example.com or call 0330 088 9242.
London Boroughs who are participating
- Barking and Dagenham
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
We are actively recruiting more London Boroughs to join Wave Two. It is free to take part and you’ll learn how the living standards of low-income households in your area compare to the rest of London.
Call 0330 088 9242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join now.
London Boroughs not yet participating
Phase 1: Poverty is dynamic
- Outer London boroughs are more heavily impacted by welfare reforms
- An effective measure of living standards should take needs into account
- Tracking employment patterns show disability is the greatest barrier
- The benefit cap disproportionally affects temporary accommodation
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Phase 2: Understand financial resilience
- Many low-income Londoners are self employed
- UC will hit self employed low-income Londoners hard
- A third of families got jobs, a third moved home and a third left due to the benefit cap
- Those most hit by the cap are private renting lone parents
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Phase 3: Poverty changes over time
- Low income Londoners are becoming less financially resilient. The proportion of Londoners with low financial resilience has grown by 20% in the last two years and will continue to grow through to 2020
- Employment helps build financial resilience. Employment is the main driver of people improving their financial resilience; for people affected, welfare reforms are a driver of lower resilience, but they don’t tell the full story
- Living standards fluctuate. Over two years a quarter of low-income households in work lost their job at least once; improving job stability can help build resilience
- The future isn’t bright. Londoners on low incomes face a bleak future with an average drop in their disposable income of £100 p/w if rents and other livings costs continue to rise as expected
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With welfare reform, rising living costs, job insecurity and the roll-out of Universal Credit, it is a time of real change for low-income Londoners. The response from policy makers needs to be right if we are to prevent many thousands of people from being pushed into real financial hardship because of the changes.
This project is unique in the way that it examines household benefits data for over half a million Londoners and allows that data to be linked over time.