Policy in Practice’s pan-London data sharing work shortlisted for 2018 ERSA Employability Award

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Policy in Practice has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2018 in the Innovation category for our collaborative data sharing work across London councils.

In a project spanning 24 months, we’ve combined over 10 million data records from 19 London boroughs following 575,000 low income households. We’ve looked at the changing living standards of 27% of the population in these boroughs and shown that:

  • Poverty is not static: Almost one-third of households moved into or out of work in the first year
  • Financial resilience must take costs into account: This captures more households in work and who need support than traditional income-based measures
  • Self employed workers are at risk of poverty: A quarter of all low-income Londoners in work are self employed, 78% of self-employed londoners on low-incomes will be more than £4,000 a year worse off under the Minimum Income Floor
  • Households affected by the Benefit Cap are 3.5% more likely to move into work

The project demonstrates what can be revealed when local authorities collaborate with their data. Tracking households over time allows policymakers to understand what support is effective. The evidence base we’ve developed is now a powerful tool, capable of influencing central government. You can read more about our nominated work here.

Now in its sixth year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce. The Innovation award recognises a provider who has pioneered innovative approaches and solutions within the employment support market.

ERSA received nearly 150 entries across ten categories demonstrating the breadth of work involved in supporting people into employment. The award entries were judged by Ashwin Kumar, Chief Economist at Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Tabitha Jay, Director of the Work and Health Unit, Gill Holmes, Senior DWP official and last year’s winner of the Adviser of the Year award, Adrian Bailey of Prisoners Abroad.

As a successful finalist, Policy in Practice will attend a special ceremony on 14 June with the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP.

Deven Ghelani, CEO and Founder, Policy in Practice, said

“We’re delighted to be nominated for an ERSA Employability Award for the second year in a row, in the Innovation category. We’re genuinely excited about the evidence base we’ve built using anonymised local authority data because it gives people a unique approach to the study of social policy outcomes. At last, policy makers can take a proactive and predictive approach to supporting families on low incomes, and track the effectiveness of their interventions.”

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:

‘This year’s award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations across the sector. The huge number of nominations ERSA received highlights the passion and commitment to supporting employability and transforming lives, communities and businesses. The awards celebrate and champion the best of the work that goes on at the frontline every day in the sector and I look forward to celebrating these achievements at the special ceremony on 14 June.’

A full list of finalists can be see at www.ersa.org.uk.

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