Falling Through the Net - briefing 2

Post date: 
25 February 2021

This is the second in a series of regular briefings which highlight some of the persistent 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.

Our focus is now on the persistent, unresolved issues, which are now affecting people in far greater numbers as more people seek help from our social security system to get by.

In this briefing:

  • Claimants in paid work are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the treatment of earnings in universal credit
  • Ill and disabled claimants are continuing to lose out on support as a result of assessment delays
  • Legacy benefit claimants are missing out on the £20 uplift