The Welfare Reform Club provides expert advice on policy and strategy. Our extensive experience includes policy-making at the DWP, policy development at the Centre for Social Justice and the implementation of policies within local authorities. We are ideally placed to advise both on the best overall strategy for welfare benefit provision and the best policy options to go with it.
We start with a clear understanding of the main strategic drivers behind welfare reform. At the moment, reducing the budget deficit is a critical consideration but welfare reform is also about changing behaviours and changing expectations. And, for working age people, the focus is on ways of getting people into work. In our presentations on welfare reform, we look at all these issues, and set out clearly the relationship between the various strategies and policies.
The right strategy relies on understanding of context. For example, what would a 10% improvement in employment mean for your local economy? How are future population changes going to affect a particular locality? We have plenty of experience of analysing relevant data and interpreting the results.
Because we have such a clear understanding of the context, we are able to make well-balanced judgements about the best policy options for a specific organisation.. One practical example is the way the Welfare Reform Club has analysed in detail the impact on work incentives of a variety of council tax reduction schemes, when aligned with Universal Credit. This level of analysis is vital to maximise the strategic aim of getting more people into work and developing the local economy.