The more timely your data, the more powerful it is. If you want to operationalise the information you’re using it’s absolutely critical that the data is timely.
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.
With your anonymised data sets and our software we show how individual households are affected by cumulative and aggregate welfare reforms, now and in the future.
Use the information to make objective decisions, allocate budgets, explain the real picture to stakeholders and plan how to mitigate negative impacts on families.
We help organisations see how individual households are impacted by each change in policy, and all changes combined, both now and in the future. Our LIFT dashboard uses local authority data sets. When added to our powerful modelling engine, powerful insights are revealed. This information lets organisations understand the impact of reforms on individual households. This means they can proactively get the right support to the right people, at the right time. See trends and track the impact of interventions over time via a self service dashboard.
Local priorities differ and local council support schemes must too. We help councils model different council tax support options, taking into account uprating and future changes in policy. Our experience of working with over fifty local authorities, and modelling the impact of scheme options on each household, can help your inform your ideas and to ultimately develop policy that best meets local needs.
We’ve had a LIFT Dashboard for a year and it’s given us the opportunity to be even more specific with the take up work we’re doing and much smarter in using our resources. Now we’re targeting people who we’re much more confident are likely to be missing out on benefits. In the current climate of having to prioritise resources it’s important to show the results we can get and the impact we can make.
We asked Policy in Practice to help us model our Council Tax Support scheme to give Members confidence that all options to reduce cost while supporting residents were covered. We also wanted to learn from other LAs who’ve already rolled out UC and we knew an external consultant was the best way to do that.
This is really rich analysis. People can have a tendency to think of that as abstract, a nice-to-have, but it’s really powerful. This is useful for intervening with particular families and households so we can, in theory and in practice, identify those households that are being put at risk of being at risk because of the two child limit or because of the move to Universal Credit.
I wanted to illustrate that you can use data for good and that it can make a difference to both the community and the council’s bottom line.
The high-level, astonishing figures in the Policy Impact Analysis report allowed us to highlight the need for continued welfare resources to elected members and other local decision-makers.
Working with Policy in Practice has been a game changer for us. I have proven that the recommendations you gave in our Policy Impact Analysis have achieved results. You were absolutely on the money.
The reason we were able to get to the scheme that we finally got to was due to the depth of the analysis that was carried out by Policy in Practice on our behalf, and it was a massive help.
At North Hertfordshire District Council we wanted to spend more of our budget on council tax support whilst making sure we factored in the effects of welfare reforms. Policy in Practice helped us to accurately model our best CTRS scheme and establish the ideal level.
Faced with a big funding gap Lambeth must make cost reductions. We commissioned Policy in Practice to give us clear, trustworthy information to evaluate proposed CTS scheme options and consult with affected groups. They’ve done this and more, by also showing us where our welfare support can be best targeted.