COVID-19 has created residents who are newly financially vulnerable and who will be looking to you for help in the near future. Listen back hear Clive Jones talk about the actions Luton Council are taking to protect their residents.
Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness
Policy in Practice has been commissioned by the Local Government Association to examine the relationship between the freeze in Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates and the costs of homelessness to local authorities. The project is driven by the four-year freeze on LHA rates that will end in 2020. It gives an evidence base for the robust correlation of the LHA rate and homelessness costs and the model developed will provide the basis of an interactive modelling tool, allowing the LGA and policymakers to explore the effects of varying the LHA and its impact on homelessness and costs.
The cumulative impact of welfare reform: a national picture
The cost of poverty for local authorities is set to rise as the welfare reform programme continues and more people on low incomes will be in need of support. Policy in Practice has analysed the cumulative impact of welfare reform across Great Britain for the Local Government Association. In light of the complex changes introduced, this work shows the overall impact on local populations and highlights the key challenges for local authorities.
The rise in the claimant count has been most dramatic in councils who had low unemployment levels before the pandemic. We look at what councils can do now.
Policy in Practice’s new research for the Local Government Association examines the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness.
We share 4 trends we’ve seen from modelling 150+ council tax reduction schemes in 2019 and discuss why discount schemes will be popular in the future.
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.
Innovative and successful stories of data analytics in local authorities were shared by our LIFT Dashboard clients at our recent steering group. Read more.