The Welfare Reform Club
The Welfare Reform Club was begun in 2012 from an idea by GHG Associate directors Malcolm Gardner, and Paul Howarth. We have been working with a range of organisations to make sense of, and help deliver, a reformed welfare state
This has made us a premier source of welfare reform advice and support. We have knowledge and experience of programme delivery, policy and strategy gained though our respective roles in local and central government, think tanks and the private sector. We bring people and resources together to promote practical welfare reform.
We can help you to design and implement practical strategies and common-sense positive solutions in ways that help your citizens to lead independent secure lives.
Every Local Authority and Housing Association has a crucial role to play, but they are each facing a period of massive change. They are having to deliver budget savings year on year, while facing genuine uncertainty about their long-term role, with limited guidance from central government.
These are some of the questions that a local authority may be asking, and how the Club can help them through this together.
Staff and Associates
Kevin Stewart (Executive Consultant: Tax & Debt)
Peter Carter (Senior Consultant: Business Process Improvement, Case Management, Information Management, and Vendor Management)
Liz Whitehead-Davies (Senior Consultant: Customer Engagement)
Deven Ghelani (Associate welfare to work advisor)
Zoe Charlesworth (Associate policy advisor)
Welfare is not delivered by any single group. Central government defines the central national policy on welfare reform and controls the national delivery of DWP benefits through the Job Centres. Local government defines local policy and local delivery of benefits and grants. Much though of the support for claimants, be that advocacy, or helping people into work, or even the administration of some benefits will come from a range of change agents. This will include charities. local support groups, the private sector and social housing providers. We are there to help them. Through the range of service that we offer. help from the club might be through more formal and structured consultancy but it is just a likely to be through connecting one member to another. Our role is to see the big picture of welfare delivery. Everybody has some piece or pieces of the jigsaw.
There is a central commitment to the delivery of benefit to which the members of the club are dedicated to. When I say members of the club I not mean only the directors or the associates, refer also to all the members of the club and this to support individuals and families when they are vulnerable to create the opportunities that will bring positive change to their lives.