Public Services and the Welfare State

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    Despite the suspension of conditionality, benefit claimants are already looking for work

Despite the suspension of conditionality, benefit claimants are already looking for work

The unique challenges that COVID-19 presents have meant a ‘pause’ in overt work-related requirements. Despite this, and the dire job prospects facing many, the majority of the new COVID-19 cohort of benefit claimants who do not have a job are actively looking for work, find Daniel Edmiston, Ben Baumberg Geiger, Lisa Scullion, Jo Ingold and Kate Summers. This questions […]

Localism and homelessness: a decade of disaster in England

Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Hal Pawson, and Beth Watts use the example of rising homelessness in England to illustrate the argument that localist policymaking has an intrinsic tendency to disadvantage socially marginalised groups.

COVID-19 has prompted a radical and rapid nation-wide shift in responses to some of the most acute forms of homelessness. With government financial support and guidance, local authorities have […]

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    No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

The Prime Minister recently appeared surprised to hear that most non-EEA migrants with temporary leave to remain in the UK are not eligible to claim benefits, and hinted at a review in the light of COVID-19. Alan Manning argues the system needs long-term reform, not just a quick fix during the pandemic.

At the recent Commons’ Liaison Committee meeting, Boris […]

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    The suspension of routine inspections renders care homes invisible to scrutiny and costs lives

The suspension of routine inspections renders care homes invisible to scrutiny and costs lives

Alison Tarrant and Lydia Hayes explain how certain regulatory changes have led to legal standards being potentially contravened behind care homes’ closed doors. Researchers and regulators now face an urgent mission to stop such violations and save lives.

The number of people living in care homes in the UK is comparable to the population of the city of Bristol. Imagine if […]

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    Homelessness, bad housing, and the virus: a decent home should be every citizen’s right

Homelessness, bad housing, and the virus: a decent home should be every citizen’s right

Nicholas Pleace writes that the effect of the pandemic on homeless people should be seen as part of a wider problem – that of inadequate housing. He argues that if UK society is to be more resilient in the wake of this crisis, good housing should stop being seen as a privilege only the rich can afford.

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    A policy scandal of epic proportions: Why a public inquiry into adult social care and COVID-19 is necessary

A policy scandal of epic proportions: Why a public inquiry into adult social care and COVID-19 is necessary

Bob Hudson makes the case for an inquiry into the government’s slow response to protecting adult social care settings from the coronavirus pandemic. He outlines the three key issues that such an investigation will need to address and the questions it must answer.

The longer the impact of COVID-19 in the UK has continued, the more the focus of concern […]

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    COVID-19 and low-income families: The government must lift the benefit cap and remove the two-child limit

COVID-19 and low-income families: The government must lift the benefit cap and remove the two-child limit

The government has done little to directly support families with children in the light of COVID-19, write Ruth Patrick, Aaron Reeves, and Kitty Stewart. This oversight, together with existing welfare arrangements, render families most in need of help unable to get it.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all – but some of us more than others. New data from […]

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    COVID-19 and social care funding: A window of opportunity for reform

COVID-19 and social care funding: A window of opportunity for reform

Mathew Wills and Caroline Glendinning argue that COVID-19 is increasing the political cost of sticking with the social care status quo, and highlights the need for significantly higher and more sustainable funding. They explore what the sector could do to maximise the chances of achieving successful reform.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government has announced £3.2bn in emergency […]