A post-covid rethink of the welfare state?

The Resolution Foundation has called for a post-covid rethink of the welfare state.

The report is here [pdf]

Mike Brewer, Chief Economist at the Resolution Foundation, said:

“After a decade of cuts and reinvention via Universal Credit, the UK’s welfare system has been upended again by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But the safety net that millions of new welfare recipients have relied upon, from furloughed workers to first-time UC claimants, has been very different – and far more generous – than the system the UK had in place pre-Covid.

“The big challenge now is whether the UK’s post-pandemic welfare system should retain welcome new elements such as earnings insurance, and address key problems such as the low level of the basic safety net and sick pay. Simply returning to the old system is not good enough after what the country has gone through.”


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