Under stress?

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the experiences of benefit claimants during the pandemic.

Many people have had to lean on the social security system during the pandemic, some for the first time — the number of people claiming Universal Credit increased by 98% between January 2020 to June 2021 to six million. As part of Bright Blue’s ongoing project examining the inequalities of home working during the pandemic, we investigated differences in the experiences of benefit claimants and the rest of the public in the first year of the pandemic. The analysis reveals the distinct financial and relational experiences of those in receipt of benefits during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic compared to the rest of the public.

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