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How local authorities can prepare for the end of the eviction ban Renters have been protected by a ban on evictions during the pandemic but this security is coming to an end putting many at risk of homelessness.

An estimated 1 in 3 households have lost income because of coronavirus and over 7 million UK adults are behind on their household bills. The drop in the nation's financial resilience, together with the looming end of the eviction ban, means that local authorities are braced for a surge in homelessness applications.

In this webinar Policy in Practice, together with Beam, will explore how the pandemic has affected people's pockets and what this means for people's housing security. We will look at the best practices of leading local authorities who are tackling homelessness and identify effective solutions for others to adopt.

Join this webinar to learn:
- How the pandemic has affected household's financial resilience and common paths into homelessness
- How local authorities are using data to prevent homelessness
- Best practice solutions for supporting people who become homeless

We will be joined by a guest speaker from Greenwich Council.
28/4/202110:30 BST1.3 hours
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Back to work: Making the most of the Restart Scheme Many people who lost their jobs because of the Covid pandemic have turned to the support of the welfare system for the first time. By Christmas last year nearly four million people were on furlough. By January this year six million people were receiving Universal Credit, a staggering 98% increase from March 2020.

With more people chasing a third fewer jobs than before the pandemic, now is a critical time for job seekers and the organisations who support them. DWP has responded by investing over £3.5 billion in employment support to help people back into work as quickly as possible.

All frontline organisations need the best tools to help advisors have motivational conversations with customers, show them how to navigate an overly complex benefit system and demonstrate how they will be better off in work. For Restart Scheme bidders this is a requirement.

Join this webinar to learn:

- What the outlook is for employment in 2021
- How Universal Credit was designed to help people in to work
- How our leading software is used by frontline organisations to give effective advice to job seekers

We will be joined by guest speakers including Deven Ghelani, Director and founder of Policy in Practice and one of the architects of Universal Credit.

"The Benefit and Budgeting Calculator is used as a motivational tool, as what better way is there to show someone how they can improve their situation by entering employment than by seeing that big difference as a financial figure?"
Andy Johnson, Employment Support Officer, Rotherham Council
5/5/202110:30 BST1.3 hours
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What we all need to know about implementing Breathing Space Breathing space comes into force on 4 May 2021 to give people in problem debt a sixty day period to get back on their feet.

The new policy will freeze interest, fees and enforcement for people in problem debt, with further protections for those in mental health crisis treatment. It will see enforcement action from creditors halted and interest frozen for people with problem debt.

We know that tackling debt early is better for higher recoveries, and better for people's mental health and wellbeing. Nearly 2 in 5 people who've been affected by mental health problems have had a drop in income due to the pandemic, so the new rules are timely.

In this webinar we explore what breathing space means for councils and other creditors, how they can best support people to build their financial resilience, and what can be done to prevent the need for breathing space in the first place.

We will hear from one leading organisation that offers a free customer debt management solution about what Breathing Space means to them.
19/5/202110:30 BST1.3 hours
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Browse our extensive back catalogue of on-demand webinars to hear our local authority, housing association and Citizens Advice clients talk about the challenges they face, and how our solutions are helping.

Boost safeguarding through multi-agency data sharing

The responsibility to safeguard vulnerable residents lies with councils and a range of safeguarding partners, but too often vulnerability is identified too late.

Paul Withers, Data Protection Manager, Walsall Council and Jane Hancer, Campaigns Director, CC2i joined us to share learnings from a powerful project, MAST, that links data across adult services, children’s services, public health, the NHS, Police and Fire and Rescue Services.

How to use data to increase people’s income

Over £10 billion of benefits is unclaimed each year. In this webinar guest speakers Nick Harvey, Folkestone and Hythe and Andy Johnson, Rotherham Council joined us to share how they are analysing their administrative data to identify financial vulnerability amongst their low-income residents, and then using the insights to create proactive targeted benefit uptake campaigns.

How to predict the demand for your customer-facing services in April 2021

We look at which households were vulnerable before and after the pandemic, and Luton Council shares how data insights are helping them recover from COVID-19.

How councils can recover from COVID-19

We look at which households were vulnerable before and after the pandemic, and Luton Council shares how data insights are helping them recover from COVID-19.

Coronavirus and tackling vulnerability

As new measures to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) are introduced we were joined on this webinar by RedQuadrant to talk about how frontline organisations can identify and support people through this crisis.

The most underclaimed benefits and how to drive take up

In this webinar we showcased innovative work Folkestone and Hythe Council is doing to encourage take-up of pension credit and other underclaimed benefits. We showed how the LIFT Dashboard is used to identify people who may be eligible for extra cash but aren’t claiming, and how the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator has the eligibility for little known benefits built in.

Designing effective data-led local authorities

Mark Fowler, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, shares how the LIFT Dashboard has helped them build a data led approach to deliver the highest quality, people-centred services for their residents.

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Designing effective data-led intervention campaigns

Margaret Gallagher, Linda Morris and Emilio Innocenti from Haringey Council tell us how they use data analysis and their LIFT Dashboard to run targeted intervention campaigns to encourage take-up of backdated Pension Credit claims.

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How to target your Discretionary Housing Payments well

Ellie Kershaw from Tower Hamlets Council explores the challenges the borough has in spending Discretionary Housing Payments funding well. We hear how consistency with local priorities, speed of decision making and understanding effectiveness are key, and how Policy in Practice’s software is helping.

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How Croydon Council is using data to deliver better outcomes

Julia Pitt, Director of Gateway and Welfare at Croydon Council, joined us to discuss how Croydon’s early intervention and prevention approach to helping families affected by welfare reforms and how the LIFT dashboard has supported the work of their award-winning Gateway programme.

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Using data analytics to understand child vulnerability

Haroon Chowdry, Head of Analysis, Children’s Commissioner’s Office, joined us to discuss the crucial information that benefits data can give about family context, and how this can help with early identification of vulnerability. We shared findings from analysis we did for the CCO on the impact that welfare reforms will have on levels of child vulnerability.

Data analytics: Who’s missing out on benefits in your area?

Listen back to this webinar to hear guest speaker Corin Hammersley, Royal Borough of Greenwich, explain how they identified £20 million of unclaimed benefits for residents using a Policy in Practice LIFT Dashboard.

Use your data effectively to identify and prevent vulnerability

Following our summer Leading Lights Network event at the House of Lords with Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, we continue the conversation about how to prevent households from falling in to crisis. Listen back to hear frontline stories of creative uses of public data that tackle vulnerability early, and in a proven sustainable way. With Chris Parker, Newcastle City Council.

Proactively tackle homelessness

Hear about our work to proactively tackle homelessness using local predictors, developed with household data. With Claire Horton, Newcastle City Council.

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Track the living standards of low income households

Listen back to hear how we track living standards and visualise drivers of poverty with our LIFT dashboard. With Chris Buckman, Exeter City Council.

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