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Tackling Child Poverty: Building a Positive Future for Britain’s Youth


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Deven Ghelani, founder and Director, Policy in Practice, joined an expert panel of speakers at Public Policy Exchange's Tackling Child Poverty: Building a Positive Future for Britain’s Youth symposium on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

Deven talked about how data analysis can be used to identify children who are vulnerable now and who are likely to be so in the future. He also showed how organisations can use their data to target support and track change.

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Tackling Child Poverty: Building a Positive Future for Britain’s Youth

  1. 1. Policy in Practice Deven Ghelani Using data to keep children out of poverty At the heart of prevention is access to and use of data
  2. 2. Agenda • About Policy in Practice (and the power of data) • Who are the children at risk of being at risk? • How can data help to keep children out of poverty? • How can this approach help children in your area?
  3. 3. 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 engaging software that helps people to increase their income, reduce their costs and helps them to build their financial resilience
  4. 4. There are 1.6m children from low income families. 390,000 are recorded through referral to care services. Currently there is very little useful data to support early intervention for the 1,200,000 at risk of being referred to Children’s Services. “The social indicators of that violence have remained identical for almost 200 years.” “Poverty, domestic abuse, lack of education” Who are the children at risk of being at risk?
  5. 5. Directors of Children’s Services capture information on vulnerable children and their interaction with statutory services. The two main datasets they use are: • The Children in Need Census • The Children Looked After SSDA903 return What do we know about vulnerable children? No data is collected systematically about parents.
  6. 6. The current situation 73,000390,0001.6m10m
  7. 7. What we want to see happen 73,000390,0001.6m10m Benefits data
  8. 8. The CCO Identified a number of ‘at risk’ indicators: ● Children of lone parents ● Children living in workless families ● Children living in TA / Homeless ● Children living in relative poverty ● Children at risk of food poverty ● Children at future risk of poverty ● Children in families with poor inter-parental relationships ● Children of prisoners ● Children living with friends or wider family Who can we help? Local authority Children in poverty Children in TA B&D 22,467 2,518 11 Tower Hamlets 12,607 3,497 27 Coventry 12,005 494 4 Cornwall 9,602 207 2 Luton 8,297 2,719 32 Newcastle 8,174 21 0 Croydon 7,472 2,077 27 Barnet 6,533 2,327 35 WF 6,295 3,459 54 Lambeth 6,293 1,177 18 Camden 6,069 545 9 Greenwich 6,048 951 15 Haringey 5,655 4,577 80 Islington 4,781 838 17 Newport 4,693 107 2 Basingstoke 3,882 139 3 Denbighshire 2,257 83 3 Exeter 1,687 101 6 Wokingham 854 49 5
  9. 9. 101010 Can we learn more about children in care?
  10. 10. Benefits data + advanced analytics Your Housing Benefit / Council Tax data + Arrears + Support Benefit and Budgeting Analytics Engine Who is impacted, How much? What actions can they take? Are they better off? What are the Council-wide effects?
  11. 11. The power of pooled data 25% - 33% of the total population
  12. 12. We bring multiple datasets together. To show the combined impact of policy – both now and in the future. With financial resilience and arrears risk through household level income and expenditure data. Understand the cumulative impact of policies…
  13. 13. Mrs Jones near Spring Lane is £5,009 in arrears with a shortfall of £371 per month, and will be £54.38 per month worse off as a result of the benefit cap and has high barriers to work. Drill down to each individual household….
  14. 14. Link the data directly into our Benefit and Budgeting support in single system. Efficiencies avoiding multiple or repeat data capture. Show the impact of moving into work alongside personalised and preventative advice on actions to increase income, and reduce costs. to engage residents with actions they can take
  15. 15. Understand the pathways into and out of debt and poverty. Understand the journey into and out of debt, or see household in severe, short term or persistent debt. Understand the effectiveness of interventions to get people out of debt. …to track households over time
  16. 16. Causal analysis: Households affected by the Benefit Cap are 21% more likely to move into work, versus a control group. Deeper questions: Is this because of the benefit cap, or because of the support local authorities give to capped families? The Benefit Cap through administrative data
  17. 17. For every child whose parents move into work as a result of the cap, eight children are ‘stuck’ on the benefit cap 5,772 Households impacted by the benefit cap over the last 6 months from Jan 2018 Borough Percentage of households currently impacted by the benefit cap who were impacted for a 6 month period Sutton 74.2% Croydon 67.8% K&C 66.6% WF 65.7% Southwark 65.3% Greenwich 64.5% Lambeth 64.3% Haringey 63.3% B&D 62.5% Islington 62.0% Brent 61.6% Enfield 60.4% Camden 60.3% Hackney 60.1% Ealing 56.3% TowerHamlets 54.4% Barnet 54.2%
  18. 18. Children with low Financial Resilience
  19. 19. Financial resilience as an indicator of vulnerability
  20. 20. Understand the context of the families you are working with Use data to understand those who you aren’t working with that may be at risk. Give them tools to improve their living standards and reduce the likelihood that they need will need your help in future. Link the data to understand the link between living standards, poverty and poor childhood outcomes. Questions and Next Steps Sign up to our newsletter to read our analysis for the CCO when its published Follow us on twitter @deven_ghelani @policy_practice Are your colleagues already working with Policy in Practice?
  21. 21. Contact us Deven Ghelani 07863 560677 Sam Tims 07527 188797