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Policy and Government

CAP’s submission to Department of Work and Pension’s response to coronavirus inquiry

calendar20 April 2020

CAP has submitted a response to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) inquiry about the response to coronavirus. With large numbers of new Universal Credit claims, this inquiry could not be more timely. The Government has acted quickly to strengthen the support available through the social security system. It is especially welcome that the Government has announced a much-needed £20 per week boost for Universal Credit and Tax Credits claimants. Yet, a further 2.83 million people in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) have received no extra help. In some cases, the benefit of the Universal Credit and Tax Credits boost will be offset by other welfare policies, such as the benefit cap and Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates. More is needed to ensure that the added generosity of the managed migration is matched for the increasing numbers entering through natural migration. To read CAP's recommendations, please click below. 

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