The video from DWP, below, illustrates how Coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased the demand for applications of Universal Credit between January 2018 until the early weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As new measures to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) are introduced Policy in Practice’s Head of Policy, Zoe Charlesworth, gave a comprehensive recap of the major changes to the welfare system in this webinar.
In addition, Louise Murphy shared some of the common questions we’ve received on our Coronavirus support page from people who are worried about their income. She explained the answers we’ve given, highlighting the complexity of what has become a dual welfare system.
Finally, Peter Carter briefly walked through software tools that help our clients to give the best advice possible to their customers.
Listen back to hear:
- What benefits people in different situations might get
- How to get the most support for families and households
- Common questions people are asking, and our answers
- What the impact of the 3 main changes mean for households
Zoe Charlesworth and Megan Mclean, Policy in Practice, have analysed the impact of the new measures announced so far by the government to show how they will help households hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was likely to be so significant that the government response had to match it. The measures the government has put in place up to and including Friday 20 March now make it more likely that people will take the necessary steps to control the virus because they know they’re more likely to stay in work and able to meet their bills, and that they will be supported financially by this government.