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Claimants’ experiences of the social security system during the first wave of COVID-19

Summers, Kate and Scullion, Lisa and Baumberg Geiger, Ben and Robertshaw, David and Edmiston, Daniel and Gibbons, Andrea and Karagiannaki, E and de Vries, Robert and Ingold, Jo (2021) Claimants’ experiences of the social security system during the first wave of COVID-19. Project report. Welfare at a Social Distance Project (KAR id:86774)


COVID-19 arrived in the UK early in March 2020. By 23rd March 2020, the UK experienced the first national lockdown. As businesses and livelihoods stalled, an unprecedented number of applications were made for Universal Credit (UC). Drawing on data from the most comprehensive national study examining working-age benefits — i.e. Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) — during the pandemic, this report provides an understanding of the experiences of benefit claimants during the first wave of COVID-19

Item Type: Reports and Papers (Project report)
Uncontrolled keywords: COVID-19, welfare, benefits, benefit claimants, poverty, social security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Robert De Vries
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 20:20 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 14:08 UTC
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