This briefing is the third 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:
- families losing out on entitlement due to disability assessment delays;
- families in work experiencing financial hardship due to the treatment of earnings in universal credit; and
- families unable to access support through universal credit because they lack a National Insurance number.