Which of your residents are most impacted?

Local organisations must analyse the impact that welfare reform policies will have on each of their residents.

Yet the impact of reforms are constantly changing, complex and confusing.

We help local authorities and others to understand the impact of all policy changes on each individual household.

With this person-centred approach, we are helping local organisations to better target and tailor scarce support resources.

Your data + our software = rich data insights

We take your monthly housing benefit data (SHBE) with personal information redacted and run it securely through our Universal Benefit Calculator software to show you the impact of all welfare reforms, from your residents’ point of view.

You can:

  1. Understand the cumulative impact of current welfare reforms
  2. Develop plans to mitigate against the effect of future welfare reforms
  3. Understand the barriers to work faced by each household

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We can show you, for each of your households and for each of the reforms shown above:

  • Whether the household is affected, and by how much
  • The effect of in-work conditionality and the minimum income floor
  • Aggregate analysis showing impact by household type, tenure and employment status
  • The residents’ barriers to work, including disability, caring and parenting responsibilities
  • The cumulative impact of each of the reforms shown above

Leeds CC Case study

We helped Leeds City Council create targeted support for individual households using this analysis.

“I can’t see whether the people being clobbered by reductions in council tax support or under-occupation are the same people that have been clobbered by other reforms.”

Steve Carey, Leeds City Council

Six outcomes from the analysis

  1. Map the impact of welfare reform to make evidence based decisions about support
  2. Improve the cost effectiveness of support
  3. More accurately forecast cost of CTRS and DHP schemes
  4. Combine with other data, eg arrears, for full picture
  5. Prepare for Universal Credit rollout by knowing who will need transitional protection
  6. Target employment support to households with lowest barriers to work first

Further information

Download our Welfare Reform Impact Analysis flyer for more details.