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7 April, 2020 Open access

Social security provisions for prisoners on temporary release due to coronavirus outbreak

New regulations

New regulations have been issued in relation to social security provisions for prisoners on temporary release due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

In force from 8 April 2020, the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.409/2020) make provision for individuals on temporary release from prison to access means-tested benefits during the period of that release.

In particular, the regulations -

The provisions under the first four bullet points above will expire on the same day as the Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus Disease) Regulations 2020 (SI.No. 289/2020) and the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.371/2020).

NB - Corresponding provision in Northern Ireland is made by the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.63/2020). In Scotland, where justice is devolved, prisoners are being released under different powers, which mean that the means-tested benefits above can be paid to them without needing to amend the reference to temporary release.

SI.No.409/2020 and SR.No.63/2020 are available from legislation.gov.uk