- Start date: 1 May 2020
- End date: 31 October 2021
- Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Principal investigator: Professor Lisa Scullion, University of Salford
- Co-investigators: Dr Ben Baumberg Geiger, University of Kent; Dr Daniel Edmiston, University of Leeds; Dr Jo Ingold, University of Leeds; Dr Kate Summers, London School of Economics.
Accessing social security and employment support during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath
Welfare at a (Social) Distance is a major national research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to COVID-19.
The benefits system is crucial to supporting people during, and after, the COVID-19 crisis. With a growing number of new claimants, it faces two challenges. Firstly, we need to ensure people quickly get the money they need. Secondly, we also need to make sure that people are helped to quickly return to work or supported further if unable to work.
In this project, we provide vital information on how we are meeting these challenges and, where the system is struggling. For more information, visit the website.