The government has acted quickly to protect people’s economic livelihoods during the covid-19 pandemic. However, as raised in our previous Covid-19 briefing (March 2020), there is still no additional financial support beyond free school meal vouchers for families with children, despite these households facing significant extra costs.
As a priority, we are calling for:
- emergency support for families with children, with a £10 increase in child benefit as the top priority plus the removal of the benefit cap and the two-child limit;
- changes to universal credit (UC) and legacy benefits that respond to gaps in the system and will directly benefit families; and
- more money to local authorities so that local welfare assistance schemes are able to provide cash support.