Coronavirus | CPAG


We will keep this page updated with relevant information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), families and social security.


Poverty in the pandemic: The impact of coronavirus on low-income families and children

The Cost of Learning in Lockdown: family experiences of school closures


CPAG welcomes steps that have been taken so far to support low-income people, but more needs to be done to support families in this time of national crisis. Read our full briefing.

We have also published a briefing on how local authorities are spending the hardship money they have been allocated by central government and good practice with local welfare assistance schemes.


Through our Early Warning Systems in Scotland and England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are seeing some of the gaps in the social security system children and families affected by the pandemic are facing, and highlighting these in regular briefings:

We are also producing regular digests of all the problems that are cropping up through the Early Warning System in Scotland.


We have written with over 60 others to the Chancellor about the need to increase child benefit.

We have written with 50 others to the Guardian about the need to lift the two-child limit and benefit cap.

Press statements
16 March

Our call for emergency child payment for families hit by school closures

19 March

Our call for Scottish councils to make cash payments to hard up families as schools close

19 March

Children's charities, parents groups, teaching unions and churches in Scotland unite in call for cash payment for families as schools close

20 March

Our response to Chancellor's announcements on supporting jobs during Covid-19

26 March

Our response to latest child poverty statistics: poverty continues to rise as pandemic response falls short for families

7 April

Our joint letter to the Chancellor calling for emergency Covid-19 child benefit rise

5 May Thousands of families tipped on to universal credit by Covid-19 getting no support for infants – call to suspend two-child limit
12 June CPAG welcomes new government money for local welfare assistance and urges councils to now adapt schemes to widen access
18 June The cost of learning in lockdown
6 August COVID-capped
25 August New survey: the toll of lockdown on low-income families
31 August

Low-income parents relying on child benefit for household basics

26 March

Poor children need a coronavirus bonus

9 April

Mind the gaps – reporting on families’ incomes during the pandemic

21 April

The impact of school closures on children living in poverty in Wales

23 April

Documenting the experiences of low-income families during the pandemic: the ethical challenges

1 May

Supporting children through the pandemic: why we need a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme

12 May Families hit harder because nothing for children in Covid-19 response
13 May Unemployment support post Covid: learning from the job retention scheme
14 May Increasing child benefit: five tests, five ticks?
21 May Has the government forgotten children during Covid-19?
25 June Cost of learning in lockdown: Hannah’s story
3 July Cost of learning in lockdown: Anna’s story
14 July Covid realities: monitoring from the front line
16 July The two-child limit now affects almost one million children – and it is being implemented when poverty is rising for larger families
21 August Mind the Gaps: social security during the pandemic
3 September Learning after lockdown: school bells herald extra costs
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