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Discovering data workshop in Wales


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We held a workshop in Flintshire in April for local authorities who are curious about what their data can tell them. Hosted by Peter Carter and Terrin Mathew, attendees from across Wales and the North West compared notes about the challenges of the welfare reforms and the rollout of Universal Credit, and how they're each using their data now.

The workshop inspired people with stories of success elsewhere and helped them to build the case for using local authority held datasets to better target your support for vulnerable households.

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Discovering data workshop in Wales

  1. 1. Peter Carter Terrin Mathew Policy in Practice Discovering Data Workshop 12th April 2019
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Introductions • to our workshop • to Policy in Practice 2. Session 1: Successes you want to share 3. Session 2: Be inspired by what other local authorities are doing 4. Session 3: Challenges you need to overcome 5. Q&A, action plan reviewing 6. Close
  3. 3. 333 Session 1 Successes you want to share
  4. 4. 444 Session 2 Be inspired by what other local authorities are doing
  5. 5. Benefits take-up campaigns • Recently published estimates of the take-up of the main income-related benefits nationally which showed that over £10 billion in benefits is unclaimed. • £20m pounds identified for the Royal Borough of Greenwich unclaimed benefits identified through our analysis • Using the finance resilience based modelling, data from the benefit take-up analysis to drill-down to cohorts and assess who is missing out. • Chose a communication method (phone or mailshots) based on capacity, urgency and individual cases to increase take up. Generally, they have a 10% response rate to the mailshots.
  6. 6. Preventing Homelessness • 78 households identified as at risk but not yet presenting as homeless • All households contacted early and offered support through Early Action Network; 22 agreed • Early support included benefits/budgeting support, rent deposits, income maximisation etc. • A team member spearheading raising awareness of the analysis and distribution of data to operational teams
  7. 7. Small scale projects • Cornwall Council: Undertaking a small scale project to support fewer than 100 families across the private rented sector identified as being at risk or in crisis. Support provided by Cornwall Housing and external employment support partners. • Exeter Council: Preventing households that are currently in rent arrears from accruing further arrears when they move to Universal Credit. 66 households in Exeter that are council tenants with rent arrears and would be worse-off under Universal Credit. • Islington Council: 113 lone parent households with their youngest child turning 5 within 6 months. Fliers sent to these households informing them about the support network available for UC through the council and the voluntary sector.
  8. 8. Tracking outcomes
  9. 9. 121212 Session 3 Challenges you need to overcome
  10. 10. 141414 What are your next steps?
  11. 11. Thank you Peter Carter 07551 165172 Terrin Mathew 0330 088 9242
  12. 12. 161616 About Policy in Practice
  13. 13. A team of professionals with extensive knowledge of the welfare system who are passionate about making social policy work We help local authorities use their household level data to identify vulnerable households, target support and track their interventions We develop software that engages people. We identify the actions people can take to increase their income, lower their costs and build their financial resilience
  14. 14. How we work with household-level data Housing Benefit / Council Tax data, household level arrears / debt data from local authorities Data is processed by our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator Detailed view of household-level financial circumstances now and in the future Councils identify and engage households at risk before a crisis occurs
  15. 15. Natural migration: Policy in Practice’s evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee Key findings from our evidence 40% of households (around 200,000) who move onto Universal Credit without transitional protection will be worse off, by an average of £59.45 per week. 30% of households (around 150,000) who move onto Universal Credit without transitional protection will be better off, by an average of £44.30 per week. The other 30% will experience no change in income. Certain groups are particularly affected by natural migration onto Universal Credit: 72% of all low-income self- employed households and 90% of homeowners in receipt of tax credits will lose out. Additionally, people with savings over £16,000 were eligible for Tax Credits, but are not eligible for any Universal Credit. The way unearned income is treated under Universal Credit is different to how it’s treated under the legacy benefits system, and this results in significant changes to take home income for some groups.
  16. 16. Our analysis of Budget 2018 • £1.7 billion boost to benefit support, benefiting 2.5 million households (1.9m with children & 600k with limited capability for work) • £1.0 billion to help 1.1m people migrating onto Universal Credit (one-third of those left to migrate) • Employed households gain • Self-employed, disabled, ill or out of work don't gain • Download our report
  17. 17. • 1.6 million people on Universal Credit today • A further 1.6m people moving onto Universal Credit this year • 2.0 million people moving on through ‘managed migration’ from 2020. Universal Credit is rolling out fast
  18. 18. • UC work allowances: increase by £1,000 per year (from April 2019) • Two week run-on for those on existing DWP benefits (JSA, ESA, IS) in addition to those receiving housing benefit (from July 2020) • Self employed: Protection extended to all; assessed on actual income (not MIF) for 12 months (from July 2019) • Deductions from UC: Max rate down from 40% to 30% (from Oct 2019) • Delay in increasing the earnings limit that triggers surplus earnings (remains the same until 2020) • Period for recovery of advances extended from 12 to 16 months (from Oct 2021) • Slower roll-out of Universal Credit (end now Dec 2023) • Plus increase in minimum wage & changes in tax allowances (from April 2019) Budget 2018: Universal Credit changes
  19. 19. Managed migration was scaled back for 2019, although DWP will still have their hands full with around 1.6m people will still move onto Universal Credit this year through natural migration. The two-child limit to benefits would not apply to children born before April 2017. Flexible payments, including direct payments to landlords, split payments, and the payment of Universal Credit going to the main carer by default. The Secretary of State is also looking at options to reduce the five- week wait for new claimants, and accelerate childcare payments to providers. The High Court found in favour of four working mothers who challenged how the DWP took account of monthly earnings. New Secretary of State – A new direction..?
  20. 20. People are still going to be worse off