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1 June, 2020 Open access

SSAC puts forward policy recommendations to address ‘rough edges’ in DWP’s emergency response to COVID-19

Committee's proposals include increasing JSA and ESA in line with universal credit standard allowances, and taking action to ensure those affected by the benefit cap are not disadvantaged

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has put forward a number of policy recommendations to address the 'rough edges' in the DWP's emergency response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Dr Thérèse Coffey, the SSAC pays tribute to the work that the DWP has undertaken to make major legislative and operational adjustments to the benefits and tax credits system during the COVID-19 crisis, but observes that - 

'Given the pace and scale of these changes, there are unsurprisingly some ‘rough edges’ and inconsistencies where strengthening or amendment of the new policies may be appropriate.'

Noting that, due to the urgency of the situation, the Committee did not take draft regulations on formal reference at the time, the SSAC now recommends that the government - 

For more information see COVID-19: Letter to Secretary of State from SSAC from gov.uk