In The News

Policy in Practice analysis was featured on the front page of The Guardian, ahead of new changes to the benefit system taking effect.

Our analysis of the impact of the new child tax credit rule shows that a third child born to low income families will miss out on up to £2,780 of tax credit support in April, affecting 8,000 families each month. Furthermore, out analysis finds that more than 2 million low-income families are at risk of being hit if they have a third child, 70% of whom are in work.

The measure is set to save the government £1bn per year by 2020, helping it to meet its stated objective to reduce the public deficit and rebalance the finances of the welfare state. There is no evidence that the policy will have any impact on birth rates.

Read Welfare shake up to hit children and the bereaved

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Deven Ghelani was interviewed on Russia Today, talking about how families with over 3 children will bear the brunt of austerity burden.

View Families with over 3 children will bear the brunt of austerity burden

Press Releases

Monday 3 April 2017

New child tax credit rule means a third child born to low income families will miss out on up to £2,780 of tax credit support in April, affecting 8,000 families each month.

From Thursday 6 April 2017 the amount of Child Tax Credit support available to families across the UK will be limited to two children. The measure will affect all households with two or more children that have an additional baby after this date.

New independent analysis by Policy in Practice finds that more than 2 million low-income families are at risk of being hit if they have a third child, 70% of whom are in work.

The measure is set to save the government £1bn per year by 2020, helping it to meet its stated objective to reduce the public deficit and rebalance the finances of the welfare state.

There is no evidence that the policy will have any impact on birth rates. Policy in Practice will track the impact on birth rates in the coming months but find that many potential parents are unaware of the changes.

104,000 third or additional children will be born to these families in the next twelve months. The 8,000 babies born in April will miss out on up to £2,780 of tax credit support.

For full release click here

Monday 21 November 2016

New analysis finds the cumulative impact of welfare cuts will hit low income families both in and out of work on average by £41.45 per week by 2020.

Working households are hit hardest at £48.90 per week, with families and local authorities left struggling to plug the gap.

Fresh analysis on the cumulative impacts of reforms announced by the Cameron and Osborne administrations on over 180,000 low income households shows exactly how hard these families will be hit.

Policy in Practice analysis shows how the freezing of benefit rates from 2015 will hit the pockets of low-income households hardest by 2020, even more if inflation increases as expected due to Brexit.

Low income households in work – those ‘Just About Managing’ – will lose even more on average – £48.90. This is mainly due to cuts in Universal Credit and the rising cost of private rents.

For full release click here

Friday 4 September 2015

Universal Credit Software Specialist, Policy in Practice, today announces that is has secured follow on investment to enable further growth.

Already backed by Telefonica’s Wayra, investment has now been secured from tech entrepreneur Martin Leuw, welfare to work industry expert Sean Williams and public sector advisor and author Alexander Stevenson. The latest funding has been matched by social investment from the Big Venture Challenge, Unltd and the Big Lottery.

For full release click here >

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Policy in Practice (www.policyinpractice.co.uk) the UK’s leading social policy software and consultancy business, has announced the launch of a Universal Benefit Toolkit.  Aimed at housing associations and local authorities, this intuitive online range of universal benefit calculators and budgeting tools streamlines the calculation of benefit entitlement.

For full release click here >

Thursday 9 July 2015

New analysis from Policy in Practice looks at the combined impact of measures in the budget, and finds that many low earning households will be worse off in 2020.

For full release click here >

In The News

Sunday 30 April 2017

Deven Ghelani guested on BBC One’s The Big Questions to discuss Is Welfare Reform Working?

Deven Ghelani, CEO Policy in Practice, appeared on The Big Questions presented by Nicky Campbell from Manor Church of England Academy in York to debate Is Welfare Reform Working?Click to watch here (until Sun 28 May 2017)

Monday 21 November 2016

Policy in Practice analysis was featured on the front page of The Guardian, ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Our analysis of 187,000 households across the UK found that policies including cuts to universal credit and the four-year benefit rate freeze, coupled with rising rents and higher inflation, would see low-income working families typically lose £48.90 a week by the end of the decade.

Read ‘Just about managing’ families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Deven Ghelani was quoted in Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor in The Guardian.

He said: “£3bn would make universal credit broadly as generous as the tax credit system is today – essential for a government that wants to make work pay.

“Investing in the work allowance puts more money in the pockets of lower earning households, while a lower withdrawal rate may help the prospects of those looking to progress in work.”

Read  Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Deven Ghelani guested on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme talking about Universal Credit in the gig economy.

Money Box Live: Tax and benefits – keeping up with the way we work now? Click here

Monday 11 November 2015

BBC Radio 4’s World at One: Deven Ghelani interviewed about tax credits by Martha Kearney Click here (interview starts at 10:50)

Monday 26 October

The Spectator: Exclusive: tax credit reform leaves low-paid facing tax rates of up to 93% Click here >

The Guardian: Working tax credits: two-thirds will be worse off in 2020, research says Click here >

The Telegraph: Tax credits: George Osborne waters down tax credit reforms after Lord defeat Click here >

The Independent: Tax credit cuts will leave the low-paid facing a 93 per cent effective tax rate Click here >

Channel 4’s Fact Check: FactCheck Q&A: the tax credit crunch Click here >

The Sun: Osborne’s reforms will leave two thirds of tax credit claimants worse off, research reveals Click here >

Radio 4’s World at One: Deven Ghelani: Government was brought in to ‘make work pay’ by The Spectator Click here >

BBC News: Policy in Practice on the tax credit vote for the BBC News Channel – Deven Ghelani Click here >

RT Question More: Policy in Practice on tax credit vote Click here >

September 2015

Housing Technology: Policy in Practice Launches UC Budgeting Toolkit Click here >

Monday 14 September 2015

Government Computing: Wayra start-ups bid to increase Whitehall traction Click here >

Tuesday 11 August 2015

BBC London Radio: Deven Ghelani spoke to Penny Smith and Paul Ross about proposed changes to the welfare system Click here >

Saturday 1 August 2015

UK Housing Online: Policy in Practice Launches the First Integrated Benefit and Budgeting Toolkit for Housing Associations & Local Authorities Click here >

Wednesday 29 July 2015

IT Director: Policy in Practice Launches the First Integrated Benefit and Budgeting Toolkit for Housing Associations & Local Authorities Click here >

Virtual-Strategy Magazine: Policy in Practice Launches the First Integrated Benefit and Budgeting Toolkit for Housing Associations & Local Authorities Click here >

Thursday 13 July 2015

LBC 97.3: Deven Ghelani spoke to Nick Ferrari about the Labour leadership contest Click here >

Friday 10 July 2015

The Telegraph: The Living Wage sounds good but tax cuts are better Click here >

Friday 10 July 2015

The Spectator: Thanks to George Osborne work is about to pay less Click here >

Tuesday 7 July 2015

The Spectator: Five tricks that George Osborne may pull in his Budget tomorrow Click here >