Coronavirus and Social Security Entitlement in the UK

Neville Harris, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Jed Meers and Mark Simpson, 'Coronavirus and Social Security Entitlement in the UK' (2020) 27(2) Journal of Social Security Law

31 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020

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Neville Harris

University of Manchester - School of Law

Ciara Fitzpatrick

Ulster University

Jed Meers

University of York, York Law School

Mark Simpson

Ulster University

Date Written: May 21, 2020

Abstract

The social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted urgent wide-ranging reforms to social security across the UK, most of which have been implemented via secondary legislation. In a number of respects the changes that have been made have extended support, either by relaxing some of the stricter elements of conditionality or by raising needs thresholds or allowance rates. With the shutdown that has affected large parts of the economy, huge numbers of the working age population have had to turn to the welfare state for support, swelling the numbers of benefit claimants. Changes have also been made to the processes for claiming and the arrangements for the determination of appeals. This article examines the key changes that have been made and assesses their implications, both immediate and over the longer term.

Keywords: coronavirus, social security, universal credit, digitisation, social welfare, appeals

Suggested Citation

Harris, Neville and Fitzpatrick, Ciara and Meers, Jed and Simpson, Mark, Coronavirus and Social Security Entitlement in the UK (May 21, 2020). Neville Harris, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Jed Meers and Mark Simpson, 'Coronavirus and Social Security Entitlement in the UK' (2020) 27(2) Journal of Social Security Law, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3607312

Neville Harris

University of Manchester - School of Law ( email )

Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
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Ciara Fitzpatrick

Ulster University ( email )

Northland Road
Londonderry, BT48 7JL
Northern Ireland

Jed Meers (Contact Author)

University of York, York Law School ( email )

York
United Kingdom

Mark Simpson

Ulster University ( email )

Northland Road
Londonderry, BT48 7JL
Northern Ireland

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