In this edition of the e-bulletin, we provide a brief update on the habitual residence test and the benefit cap, and consider in detail three further topics which emerged over the past month.
In this edition of the e-bulletin, we look at the top three topics that have been recorded in the Early Warning System (EWS) throughout October 2020. Although issues that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government measures taken in response to it still feature in the Early Warning System, we are now seeing a resurgence of long-standing concerns about the universal credit system.
16 October 2020
New analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) finds that over half of children in Wales who live below the UK poverty line are not entitled to free school meals. Of the 129,000 school-age children living below the poverty line in Wales, over 70,000 are not eligible, mainly because their parents are in low-paid jobs which take them over the eligibility threshold.
16 October 2020
Our analysis has found that over half of children in Wales who live below the UK poverty line are not entitled to free school meals. | Yn ôl ein dadansoddiad, nid oes gan fwy na hanner y plant yng Nghymru yn byw islaw ffin tlodi’r DU hawl i brydau ysgol am ddim.
Social Insecurity: how the outbreak is affecting your cases. Summary of queries received by the Early Warning System during the covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include universal credit whilst on furlough, awaiting self-employment grant or facing the habitual residence test, plus problems claiming new-style ESA and more.
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.
Summary of universal credit mandatory reconsideration problems coming into the EWS and an invitation to complete an MR survey.
12 November 2019
Information is needed from advice workers about the extent to which claimant commitments are tailored to take account of their clients' circumstances.