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Mind the gaps - briefing 2

23 April 2020
This is the second in a series of weekly briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

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

23 April 2020
There is already evidence emerging that although the COVID-19 pandemic will affect us all, it won’t affect us all equally. Existing inequalities and vulnerabilities are being heightened. Families with dependent children are likely to be negatively affected by the financial, emotional and physical implications of the pandemic and resultant lockdown. This is especially acute for families living in poverty.

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

21 April 2020
Coronavirus has sent a seismic shock through the whole of Welsh society. In the space of a few weeks, workplaces and schools have closed, and nearly all of us have experienced major disruption to our normal lives. It has been a deeply unsettling time for welsh children and young people. Nearly half a million children have suddenly found themselves cut off from their schools, their friends and their extended family. In the midst of this, educators are working round the clock to develop distance-learning strategies so children and young people can continue their education at home.

Mind the gaps - briefing 1

16 April 2020
This is the first in a series of weekly briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

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

09 April 2020
The government has taken some giant leaps in recent weeks to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We have seen the announcement of the Jobs Retention Scheme, support for self-employed people, and increases to certain benefits. But there is still more to be done.

Sixty organisations press Chancellor for emergency COVID-19 child benefit rise

07 April 2020
More than sixty major family and children’s charities, advice organisations, academics, unions and faith leaders have written to the Chancellor calling for a £10 per child weekly uplift in child benefit to help families through the COVID-19 crisis.

Campaign to increase child benefit

We are nearly 70 organisations and individuals calling for more support for families. Though we welcome steps taken so far to protect incomes during the coronavirus crisis, we're convinced more is needed to meet children's needs, and ease financial pressures families are facing. We're calling for an increase in child benefit of £10 a child per week - emergency support to ensure all parents can cover basic costs of raising their kids in the face of reduced income. An effective, fast way to get money to most families.

Child poverty continues to rise as pandemic response falls short for families

26 March 2020
As the Government puts in place welcome emergency measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, child poverty continues its upward trend without an effective strategy to tackle it.

Poor children need a Coronavirus bonus

26 March 2020
The increase to the universal credit (UC) standard allowance and the working tax credit basic element by £20 per week as part of the government’s response to the Coronavirus is welcome. According to the Resolution Foundation[1] “Having recently fallen to their lowest real-terms value since the early 1990s, the main adult rate of unemployment benefits is now at its highest ever level, as the chart below shows. Relative to average earnings, it is at its highest level since 1998-99

COVID-19 resources for benefit advisers

23 March 2020