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Webinar: 2018: A policy review of the year


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View the slides from our webinar: 2018: A policy review of the year. We were joined by guest speakers Deven Ghelani and Paul Howarth, Policy in Practice.

We reviewed the social policy analysis we delivered for clients in 2018 and recapped on key findings we uncovered. We also discussed what this means for local organisations in 2019.

Find out what we learnt about:

Homelessness and housing
Changing living standards of low income households
Universal Credit's impact on people
Universal Credit's impact on frontline organisations

For more information please visit, call 0330 088 9242 or email

Published in: Government & Nonprofit
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Webinar: 2018: A policy review of the year

  1. 1. Policy in Practice 2018: A policy review of the year Wednesday 12 December 2018
  2. 2. Housekeeping • Audio check • Please ask questions • Polls, downloads and a survey • Finish by 11:30
  3. 3. Speakers Deven Ghelani Policy in Practice Paul Howarth Policy in Practice
  4. 4. Agenda Introducing Policy in Practice Policy changes during 2018 Universal Credit Homelessness Reduction Act Our research Motor Neurone Disease Association Supported Housing: Riverside, St. Mungos, Salvation Army, YMCA Local Government Association: The employment impact Autumn Budget: the impact of Universal Credit on your residents Other policy work (Benefit Cap, Self-employment, financial resilience) The impact of our work Select Committee Evidence Sessions Universal Credit Managed Migration Focusing on prevention and engaging residents House of Lords and Northern Voices events What we will be focusing on next year…
  5. 5. We make the welfare system simple to understand, so that people can make the decisions that are right for them
  6. 6. 777 Policy changes in 2018
  7. 7. Universal Credit: recent changes • Higher work allowances (£1,000 for families with children or a disability) • Ending seven waiting days and introducing a two week HB & ESA / IS / JSA run-on • Sixteen month repayment of advance payments, maximum deduction level reduced to 30% of personal allowance, landlord portal for those in the social-rented sector • Protection for those losing out unfairly through transitional protection, including those losing the severe disability premium, those with changing earnings or childcare costs, and protection for savers for 12 months • 18 to 21-year-olds are now able to claim the housing element of Universal Credit • UC claimants in temporary accommodation and supported housing will continue to receive Housing Benefit
  8. 8. Welfare roadmap to 2023
  9. 9. Other welfare changes and Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 Homelessness Reduction Act (effective from April 2018): • Prevention duty - Take ‘reasonable steps to help the applicant to secure that accommodation does not cease to be available’ (s.4) – applies to all eligible applicants threatened with homelessness within 56 days’ • Relief duty - Take ‘reasonable steps to help the applicant to secure that suitable accommodation becomes available’ (s.5) – applies to all eligible applicants who are homeless • Original rehousing duty - ‘Secure that accommodation is available for occupation by the applicant.’ (s.193 Housing Act 1996) – applies to priority need and unintentionally homeless applicants Some other welfare changes: • Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) became a loan, to be repaid with interest after the property has been sold • LHA limits will not be applied to rents for people living in the social-rented sector • Increase in the minimum wage and personal tax allowance
  10. 10. 111111 Poll 1 Will the changes to Universal Credit make enough of a difference?
  11. 11. 131313 Our research
  12. 12. What impact will Universal Credit have on people diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and their families? - Terminal and rapidly progressing illness - Findings relate to people diagnosed with other rapidly progressive / terminal illnesses - Claim process & claimant commitment continues to pose challenges - The DWP definition of terminal illness is too narrow: - A DS1500 form can be issued if a patient is expected to die in the next six months, while changes underway in Scotland impose no time limit - Explicit consent rules make it harder - Loss of disability premiums mean the people are likely to be worse off, though transitional protection for those in receipt of SDP has been announced The implications of Universal Credit for people living with MND
  13. 13. The impact of Universal Credit on employment outcomes Is Universal Credit getting more people into work? “The Department for Work and Pensions (the Department) will never be able to measure whether it has achieved its stated goal of increasing employment” Opportunities to evidence the employment effect of Universal Credit do exist: • Admin data captures people on UC • Employment rate on UC at three months versus legacy benefits • Three approaches: New claims, Change in circumstances, UC vs non UC areas
  14. 14. • Qualitative research and full-scale review • Our findings anticipated Government decision that funding should remain in social security system • Housing Benefit the best option for foreseeable future • Universal Credit can be adapted for supported housing residents • More involvement of support workers and greater flexibility Universal Credit: making it work for supported housing residents
  15. 15. • Even with the Autumn Budget amendments, more households will see household income reduced than will gain under UC • Increases in support are targeted at employed households, many of whom would have gained support pre-budget • Households in receipt of disability benefits, such as PIP or DLA, who are not too ill to work, will see little change in support. • Non-working households will see little change in support. Our response to the Autumn Budget
  16. 16. You can see the impact locally
  17. 17. Trust for London allowed us to ask and answer a different set of questions: • The dynamic impact / churn • The impact of the Benefit Cap • The impact on self-employed people • Growing issues with financial resilience • Managed migration: Evidence to the SSAC enquiry Other policy changes
  18. 18. 202020 The impact of our work
  19. 19. Media coverage
  20. 20. Evidence presentations Self-employment Policy in Practice gave evidence at the London Assembly, November 2018 Benefit Cap Policy in Practice gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, October 2018
  21. 21. House of Lords and Northern Voices
  22. 22. 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? Analytical engine + household datasets
  23. 23. The impact on local authorities
  24. 24. Councils like Islington and Newcastle are identifying those who will need support
  25. 25. and targeting support to people struggling now, or who will struggle in the future… Households with children and those with low financial resilience. This reduces the 1,272 self- employed households to 317
  26. 26. …to help improve people’s lives Help people apply for benefits, show the impact of moving into work and give personalised guidance on actions to increase income & lower costs.
  27. 27. Change is possible Croydon Council nominated for Guardian Public Service award 2018
  28. 28. Some outcomes in Croydon • Over a 12 month period, over 2,000 families were helped to avoid homelessness through support with budgeting, benefits and employment advice - preventing further cost to the Council and fulfilling Homelessness Reduction Act requirements • Cost avoidance savings worth over £4 million • Helped 217 people get jobs • 100 people avoided unnecessary impacts from the benefit cap (40 helped to claim working tax credit, 15 moved into work, 45 supported to better paid employment) • 4,700 Universal Credit claimants received budgeting and digital skills help so they can better access online services
  29. 29. Contacting customers in Luton
  30. 30. 323232 Poll 2 What policy changes are your biggest priorities for 2019?
  31. 31. Questions from the audience
  32. 32. 353535 This is an opportunity to act
  33. 33. We publish our analysis
  34. 34. Next steps Download Autumn Budget 2018 white paper Download Croydon Council case study Download Universal Credit Roadmap Short survey: • We value your feedback • Ask questions or clarifications • Request a look at our work and products • Sign up to our next webinar: Budgeting support: Best practice ways to help low income households Wed 16 Jan 2019 at 10:30
  35. 35. Thank you Deven Ghelani Paul Howarth office 0330 088 9242