Policy in Practice is delighted to have been named as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2017 in the Innovation Award category.
The Employability Awards, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group and now in their fourth year, celebrate and champion best practice from across the employment support sector. This year the awards were judged by Nick Butler from the Department for Work and Pensions; Andy Cook from the Centre for Social Justice; and Christine Chang from Big Society Capital.
Policy in Practice was nominated for the Innovation Award, sponsored by entitledto, recognising our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator. The calculator is so comprehensive, fast and easy to use that customers and advisors don’t have to be experts to explain the welfare system. We model over 4,000 pieces of legislation across four government departments to show how policy affects people on low incomes. This software is in the vanguard of technical development for tackling poverty effectively, having been designed to build financial resilience and improve the prospects of people.
Deven Ghelani, Director and Founder, Policy in Practice, said:
“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious ERSA Employability Award. At the heart of our software is the fundamental desire to make the welfare system easy to understand so that people can make the decisions that are right for them. We’re passionate that this simple idea, brilliantly executed, can truly empower people, using technology.”
The winners of the Employability Awards will be announced at a special ceremony held in London on Thursday 29 June attended by the Minister for Employment.
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:
“This year’s award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations across the sector and our judges had an unenviable task shortlisting the best of the best in each category. Common to every nomination is the passion and commitment they show to supporting employability and transforming lives, communities and businesses. These awards celebrate and champion the best of the work that goes on at the frontline every day in the sector.”