Coronavirus: Support for economies by European and other states

What economic support have governments given to businesses and individuals to tackle the impact of the coronavirus? This paper looks at the policies put in place by the EU, governments in Europe, the US and other developed countries.…

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[Coronavirus] Opposition Day Debates: Social Cohesion & Community and Financial and Social Emergency Support Package

On 25 March 2020, there will be two topics for the 7th allotted Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons. The first debate is on the subject of “Social cohesion and community” and the second on “Financial and social emergency support package”, both in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak. The House of Commons Library has shared relevant material below. …

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Spring Budget 2020: Background briefing

This briefing sets out the background to Spring Budget 2020 which will take place on 11 March 2020. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) will publish revised forecasts for the economy and public finances on the same day.

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Social security benefits for older people with mobility needs

Both Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (which is replacing DLA) provide help with the extra costs disabled people face when getting around. The DLA or PIP mobility component can continue to be paid indefinitely, but there is an upper age limit for new claims – now the State Pension Age. This means that some older people cannot get benefits for mobility needs and cannot access linked schemes such as Motability.…

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Carer’s Allowance

This Commons Library briefing looks at Carer’s Allowance – a non-contributory, non-means-tested benefit paid to people who care full-time for someone who is severely disabled. It covers the background to the benefit and issues frequently raised by people claiming it, including the level of the benefit, its interaction with other benefits including the Retirement Pension, and the difficulties recipients face when seeking to combine their caring duties with paid work or studying. Reforms to Carer’s Allowance have been discussed, but there have been no significant changes to the benefit in recent years, and Carer’s Allowance will remain a separate benefit under the Universal Credit system. Responsibility for Carer’s Allowance and related disability benefits is now devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has introduced a Carer’s Allowance Supplement, and Carer’s Allowance in Scotland will be replaced by a new benefit – Carer’s Assistance – starting from winter 2021.…

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Universal Credit and the Severe Disability Premium

This Commons Library briefing looks at how Universal Credit will affect benefit claimants who are, or were, getting the Severe Disability Premium. It covers measures which came into force in January 2019 to prevent people getting SDP from moving onto UC until they can receive transitional protection, and “SDP transitional payments” for those who have already moved to UC and lost SDP.…

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