Researchers: Dr Ruth Patrick (Principal Investigator), Lecturer, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
Co-Investigators: Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham, Dr Maddy Power, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
Funder: Nuffield Foundation
Duration: April 2020 to September 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic will affect us all, but in markedly different ways. It is likely that the pandemic will expose and extend existing inequalities, creating significant new forms of vulnerabilities and hardship.
The project will focus on understanding how families in poverty navigate this crisis, while also tracking how the social security system responds.
The project has three main strands:
Overall, the project will illuminate the experiences of families in poverty during an unprecedented time; influence the evolving policy response; generate insight into how social security policymaking in the UK changes, and is changed, by COVID-19.
Please contact Dr Ruth Patrick for more information.
The project website where parents and carers can share their experiences of getting by on a low income.
For further information and to get involved, please visit the website here.
Needs and entitlements:
how UK welfare reform affects larger families
What is the impact of benefit changes, such as the two-child limit and the benefits cap, on families with two or more children?
Find out more about this research project here.
The Covid Realities research programme was launched on 24th January 2022 and included the following information:
• Read the Covid Realities final report.
• The Child Poverty Action Group blog shares five key learnings from the Covid Realities project.
• Watch the recording of the Covid Realities programme webinar on YouTube and read the presentation slides: Our participatory approach (PDF , 6,258kb) and COVID-19 and low-income families (PDF , 432kb).
• Books to be published by Policy Press: A Year Like No Other and Covid Collaborations.