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England is Under Lockdown Again. Is Universal Credit Ready?

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Click to expand Image Citizens Advice operates the “Help to Claim” service, which helps people apply for Universal Credit online.  © 2020 Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch A bleak Covid-19 winter is coming. Cases are soaring and the UK government has imposed a further one-month lockdown in England. The lockdown could push more than 2 million people into furlough, or temporary leave from work. Hundreds of thousands more could lose their jobs. Universal Credit, the country’s automated social security system, should be the lifeline it claims to be for all who need it, but its flaws could…


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