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The Early Warning System

The Early Warning System collates case studies and evidence to demonstrate the impact of changes in the social security system on the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.

If you're an adviser working with people who have been affected by changes to the social security system and want to share details of a case:

Submit your case here


If you're not an adviser and you want to tell us about your experience of the social security system: 

Tell us about your experience here


If you want to keep up to date with what the Early Warning System is uncovering, and learn how you can help:

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What is the Early Warning System?

The Early Warning System (EWS) gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across the UK.

How you can get involved

If you or any of your colleagues work with individuals and families who have been affected by changes to the benefit system, and you think that someone needs to know about their experience, then you should get involved.

Our impact

This is what the Early Warning System has achieved so far.

Latest from the Early Warning System

Mind the Gaps: Social security during the pandemic

21 August 2020
We have seen a significant government response to the financial hit many have faced because of the coronavirus – from the job retention scheme and self-employed income support scheme to the increase in universal credit (UC) and tax credits. While many families will have benefited from the stability and certainty these welcome interventions have given them, they have not been comprehensive. We are always most worried about the people who fall through the gaps.

Mind the gaps - briefing 12

This is the twelfth in a series of regular 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.

Mind the gaps - briefing 11

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the most recent set of statistics on the number of households affected by the benefit cap. The number of households affected by the benefit cap (up to May 2020) has almost doubled when compared to the previous quarter – 154,000 households are now affected by the benefit cap compared to 79,000 in February 2020.


Early Warning System E-Bulletin - April 2020

Social Insecurity: how the outbreak is affecting your cases. Summary of queries received by the Early Warning System during the covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include universal credit whilst on furlough, awaiting self-employment grant or facing the habitual residence test, plus problems claiming new-style ESA and more.

Early Warning System E-Bulletin - February 2020

Summary of universal credit mandatory reconsideration problems coming into the EWS and an invitation to complete an MR survey.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - February 2019

Updates on natural migration onto UC, assessment period inflexibility, the two child limit, and disabled people losing SDP.

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