The pandemic has impacted millions of people, including those who have no experience of the benefits system.
One in three households have lost income because of Covid-19, and nearly half of people with children have lost household income. Over 7 million UK adults are behind on their household bills.
The drop in the nation’s financial resilience, together with the end of the eviction ban, means that housing providers are braced for higher demand for support. Policy in Practice is here to help staff quickly guide tenants on the support available.
Benefit and Budgeting Calculator
Our award-winning Benefit and Budgeting Calculator is the best tool to help you grow the financial strength of your tenants.
The calculator helps you build the financial strength of your tenants without needing to be a welfare expert. The tool helps you securely and confidentially assess your tenant’s unique situation to pinpoint benefits they may be eligible for, to give them the widest possible range of support. It uses your resident’s information to calculate their future income to help them plan from month to month, so they can take control of their money and become financially stronger.
Whether you offer a self serve calculator on your website or liaise directly with your tenant by phone and email, you can be confident that you are giving the most accurate and up to date guidance, as efficiently as possible.
Sustainable arrears plans can be put in place so tenants can build up credit and even pay rent in advance.
Assess your tenant’s unique situation to identify benefits they are not claiming, but may be eligible for, to give them the widest possible range of support.
Access to more accurate data means that lettings departments can confidently place tenants in a home that they can afford.
Model changes in tenant’s circumstances so they can see how their financial situation is going to change. This could be as a result of redundancy, reduced job hours, or changes to their family such as having a baby.
In situations that result in court proceedings, housing providers can use the Better-Off scenarios to provide evidence of support offered.
Use budget advice calculations to create Action Plan agreements that give tenants a clear guide on managing and maximising their income.
Our housing provider clients use the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator to:
- Accurately maximise income
- Compare different scenarios
- Create a positive action plan
- Explain complex changes simply
- Identify ways to improve budgeting
- Give consistent and up-to-date advice
- Save, store and access cases efficiently
Inspirational stories from clients who use
our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator
Customer Support Team Manager
The Guinness Partnership
Benefit and Money Advice Team Leader
Cheltenham Borough Homes
Improved consistency delivers huge cost savings for Guinness
Guinness’ Destination 2018 plan brought the organisation together in a consistent and coherent way. The strategy fundamentally redesigned the way Guinness was organised and the systems used, and it was in this context that the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator was adopted. With improved communication, departments now work better and smarter together to ensure customers are more financially resilient.
Marie Hardeman discusses how creating a more consistent approach across three core service areas has helped The Guinness Partnership better support their 140,000 tenants in preparation for Universal Credit.
Register for an upcoming webinar
|Designing a post pandemic council tax reduction scheme
As a result of the income shocks brought on by the pandemic more people are now in need of council tax support, yet many who are eligible aren't claiming and debt is rising. |
Evidence shows that people claiming Universal Credit for the first time are starting benefits with higher debt. This reflects both the time taken to navigate the benefit system and delay in application.
For councils, council tax support caseloads have gone up and, because more people are on Universal Credit which can fluctuate from month to month, administration costs have too.
More income shocks are on the way as furlough, the £20 uplift to Universal Credit and other Covid-related supports are withdrawn. Extra temporary funding is available this year but who should councils target this funding to, and how can they design a council tax support scheme that is flexible enough to deal with changing caseloads and funding?
Join this webinar to hear:
- Latest thinking about how Council Tax Reduction Schemes can more easily target those most in need
- How to balance the need to stay within budget with the need to meet political commitments
- Emerging trends for the future
|25/8/2021||10:30 BST||1.3 hours||Register|