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.
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|How housing providers can boost the income of tenants
One in three households have lost income because of Covid-19 and 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.|
Yet we know that over £10 billion of benefits are unclaimed by working-age households each year.
In this webinar we will showcase the work of two housing providers who have each secured millions of pounds worth of increases in income for their tenants, boosting their financial resilience and improving their quality of life.
Join this webinar to learn:
- Which benefits were most underclaimed by tenants
- How the housing providers engaged with tenants
- How the housing providers secured the increased income for tenants
|23/6/2021||10:30 BST||1.3 hours||Register|
|West Midlands: 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. Limited data co-ordination between organisations makes it hard not only to identify people who need support before they hit a crisis, but also to understand whether they are known to other safeguarding agencies and the wider safeguarding landscape. |
Prevention is critical to improve safeguarding and we know that data needs to be more effectively shared across agencies if we are to better protect vulnerable people and reduce the potential of people falling into the social care system. This is a big challenge.
Join our meeting to hear learnings from a powerful project, backed by the LGA and NHS Digital, to link data across adult services, children's services, public health, the NHS, Police and Fire and Rescue Services.
Join us to hear:
- How this innovative and ground-breaking approach to combining administrative datasets has created a clear view of safeguarding concerns across all partners
- How new smart approaches to data management have tackled the security and data governance challenges
- How the data is brought to life to help multi-agency safeguarding (MASH) teams, social workers and all frontline safeguarding teams to improve communication, liaison and decision making
With guest speaker Paul Withers, Data Protection Manager, Walsall Council.
|9/7/2021||10:00 BST||1.5 hours||Register|
|Back to normal: coping when Covid-19 welfare support is withdrawn
In response to the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had on the economy the government invested significant resources in supporting people whose income has been affected by the pandemic.|
As we turn the corner on tackling the virus so we're starting to see the end of the protections that were put in place. The furlough scheme is set to end on 30 September, as is the support for self-employed people, and other protections have either already ended or are set to end soon.
Yet the future for jobs and job seekers is far from certain. In this webinar we will explore the protections that are ending and the role that data can play to help local authorities identify vulnerability in advance, target support and track change.
Join this webinar to learn:
- Which Covid-19 protections are ending, and when, and what this means for low-income households
- What the end of the eviction ban may mean for people facing problem debt
- How data can help local authorities to model demand for services in an uncertain future
|21/7/2021||10:30 BST||1.3 hours||Register|
|Presentation of findings: Low Income Londoners - How Covid has affected Londoners
As part of our continuing data-led investigation into the causes and consequences of poverty in London we share the findings of our latest analysis to reveal how the pandemic has impacted low-income Londoners.|
This latest Living Standards Index brings to life administrative data from nearly half a million low-income London households which has been shared by 14 London Boroughs.
Join us in this session as we present our latest findings on:
- Caseload changes
- The cost of Council Tax Support
- Relative poverty
- Housing affordability
|21/7/2021||15:00 BST||1.5 hours||Register|