This is the fifth 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.
This briefing focuses on the benefit cap, and in particular:
- those who miss out on the increases to universal credit and local housing allowance because of the cap
- families who were previously on benefits but are now not deemed to be working enough
- families claiming benefits for the first time