Coronavirus | CPAG


We will keep this page updated with relevant information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), families and social security.


CPAG welcomes steps that have been taken so far to support low-income people, but more needs to be done to support families in this time of national crisis. Read our full briefing.

Through our Early Warning Systems in Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are seeing some of the gaps in the social security system children and families affected by the pandemic are facing, and highlighting these in regular briefings:

We are also producing regular digests of all the problems that are cropping up through the Early Warning System in Scotland.


We have written with over 60 others to the Chancellor about the need to increase child benefit.

We have written with 50 others to the Guardian about the need to lift the two-child limit and benefit cap.

Press statements
16 March

Our call for emergency child payment for families hit by school closures

19 March

Our call for Scottish councils to make cash payments to hard up families as schools close

19 March

Children's charities, parents groups, teaching unions and churches in Scotland unite in call for cash payment for families as schools close

20 March

Our response to Chancellor's announcements on supporting jobs during COVID-19

26 March

Our response to latest child poverty statistics: poverty continues to rise as pandemic response falls short for families

7 April

Our joint letter to the Chancellor calling for emergency COVID-19 child benefit rise

26 March

Poor children need a Coronavirus bonus

9 April

Mind the gaps – reporting on families’ incomes during the pandemic

21 April

The impact of school closures on children living in poverty in Wales

23 April

Documenting the experiences of low-income families during the pandemic: the ethical challenges

1 May

Supporting children through the pandemic: why we need a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme

Welfare rights

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