I’m proud to say that over the past couple of years the team have helped over 4,000 households which we’re able to evidence through the LIFT Dashboard.
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.
Policy in Practice provided much deeper analysis of our data than we can do in the local authority. Their data is useful, they gave us graphs, highlights and visualisations that bring the messages to life and help with decision making.
Sally Sanders, Enfield Council
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.
Haroon Chowdry, Children's Commissioner's Office
The LIFT Dashboard has been invaluable in helping us help our customers to maximise their income and helping the most vulnerable of the people in our district to help themselves. One household identified as at risk by the LIFT dashboard was behind with their council tax and they had liability orders. Because of the money we were able to get for them they cleared out the old debt and they are now paid to debt for 2019 and 2020.
Debt is not about numbers, debt is about people, behaviours and circumstances. We fix debt problems by focusing on people.
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.
We couldn’t have got to where we have without Policy in Practice’s modelling work. The advice and intelligence that we’ve had has been first rate. The commitment, the detail and the effort that has gone into the modelling has been absolutely second to none. People have gone the extra mile and beyond to accommodate us. It’s been a very positive experience.
David Graaff, Haringey Council
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.
Data is key to enabling us to target those families we know could be hitting crisis point and, without it, we would be working in the dark.
Working with Policy in Practice, we have used the information to develop the right tools and new practices to create an early intervention and prevention approach that makes a real difference for our residents going through hard times.