Local authorities need to understand what impact welfare reform policies are having on each of their residents. Yet the impacts of reforms are complex, confusing and change over time. We help councils and others to understand the impact of all policy changes on each individual household.

Using the local authority’s own household level data our person-centred approach enables better targeting of scarce support resources to where it’s most needed.

“We want to move beyond sticking plaster solutions. If we can promote work and independence by understanding who’s impacted by welfare reforms we’ll have more resources available for those who still need our support.”

Chris Gibbs, Birmingham City Council

“We take partnership working very seriously and we only work with organisations who we genuinely feel can make a difference. Policy in Practice very much falls into this category.”

James Pickering, Oxford City Council

“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

“Working with Policy in Practice we’ve developed information that supports, informs and helps us monitor the effectiveness of our strategies. We’re deeply concerned about the amounts families will be losing and without a proactive, preventative approach we fear for the longer term impact on residents.”

Mark Fowler, LB Croydon

What our Welfare Reform Impact Analysis can do for you

Rich data insights to:

  • Explain a complex picture to Cabinet
  • Tell Members who in their ward is affected
  • Justify decisions to get budget released
  • Improve decision making using local data
  • See cumulative and aggregate impact of reforms
  • Inform targeted and tailored local welfare support

For each household learn:

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

Six outcomes to help you:

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

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Take a closer look at Policy in Practice’s Welfare Reform Impact Assessment with a free sample report.

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