3 April 2020 — Welfare Weekly
Charities at risk of collapse amid coronavirus pandemic
Charities urge government to ‘save our sector’.
Coronavirus: Half of UK workers will struggle to pay bills in coming months, say researchers
Researchers warn the financial fallout caused by coronavirus will worsen existing economic inequalities without urgent support.
Universal Credit: Chancellor urged to strengthen welfare protections
Current system is not generous or flexible enough to support low-income households, says SNP.
‘Deeply worrying’ that families are struggling to pay energy bills during coronavirus crisis
Government urged to introduce an ‘Emergency Coronavirus Energy Grant’ to help struggling families.
NHS patients asked to sign ‘no not resuscitate’ order amid coronavirus panic
GP letter claims that signing a “do not resuscitate” order would help to protect family and friends and NHS workers.
Minimum wage rises to £8.72 an hour but critics call for a ‘Real Living Wage’
‘Real Living Wage’ must be adopted “as soon as possible” to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis, says TUC.
Coronavirus: Emergency support package needed to save ‘children of the pandemic’
Vulnerable children are at risk of becoming “unseen victims” of the coronavirus pandemic, think tank warns.
Poor kids to be given food vouchers during coronavirus outbreak
Announcement comes after poverty campaigners called for an increase to child benefit.
Carers UK welcomes changes to Carer’s Allowance in response to Coronavirus
The Government has introduced a new aspect to the eligibility criteria for claiming Carer’s Allowance.
Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes
More than 100 disability organisations sign open letter demanding better protections for disabled people affected by coronavirus pandemic.