Amber Rudd’s new approach to Universal Credit is a welcome change in direction. We recap on the policy updates announced and say what needs to happen now.
Childcare support is more generous under Universal Credit, but payments are claimed back like expenses, rather than paid upfront (as under Tax Credits). The government need to take on the cashflow risk.
Policy in Practice was invited to give evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee in December about the potential impact of the two-child benefit limit, ahead of the policy’s scope…
In our policy review of the year Deven Ghelani and Paul Howarth looked back on a busy 2018. We reviewed the policy changes that have happened in 2018, shared key findings from policy analysis we commissioned to do by clients, and looked forward to what this may mean for 2019.
We look at Professor Philip Alston’s recent UN report on extreme poverty and human rights and evidence why we agree with him that local authorities are the social safety net.
Read our analysis, commissioned by the Local Government Association, on whether Universal Credit is getting more people into work. Download The impact of Universal Credit on employment outcomes report.
In Budget 2018 Philip Hammond announced £2.7 billion boost to Universal Credit. We look at the impact some of these changes will have on the incomes of low-income households nationwide.
We respond to five changes affecting low income families that were announced in Budget 2018, namely Universal Credit, housing benefit, the minimum wage, tax allowances and affordable credit.
Four housing providers, Riverside, YMCA, St Mungo’s and Salvation Army, commissioned Policy in Practice to analyse how residents are impacted by Universal Credit, and identify improvements. Download Universal Credit and Supported Housing report here.
Deven Ghelani argues that Universal Credit can improve lives but the government must invest if this fundamental change to the benefit system is to deliver on the promise of the concept he helped design.
Policy in Practice today gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about the impact of the lower benefit cap. This post summarises some of the key points presented before MPs, based on our experience of supporting local welfare providers on the front line.
Policy in Practice has been working closely with Luton Borough Council, in collaboration with service design agency UsCreates, to build a proactive and data-led approach to tackling homelessness. In this blog post we share 7 lessons learned so far.