This House of Commons Library briefing paper explores how Universal Credit has coped and changed during the coronavirus crisis so far, and what challenges lie ahead for this benefit.
The Library has produced a set of briefings before all stages of the Bill are scheduled in the House of Commons on Monday 23 March 2020.
This includes a background to coronavirus, information on what the virus is and relevant statistics, the Government response to date, including the Coronavirus Action Plan, and the introduction of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. It also covers the final provisions of the Bill (clauses 67; 71-87).
This briefing includes a range of provisions relating to health care, including the emergency registration of staff, state-backed insurance, provisions to support services in an emergency period and public health measures (clauses 2-6; 9-16; 31-32; 34; 47-48).
This briefing covers powers to temporarily close educational institutions or registered childcare providers, and other related powers (clauses 35-36).
This briefing covers the provisions in the Bill that deal with Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) in relation to coronavirus, as well as arrangements for a new form of emergency volunteering leave and changes to allow the Government to modify National Insurance contributions (clauses 7-8; 37-42; 69-70).
This briefing covers provisions in the Bill that deal with the ability to register and manage deaths during a pandemic (clauses 17-20; 28-30).
This briefing covers clauses 20-21 of the Bill on investigatory powers, as well as clauses 48-50 of the Bill on port closures and restrictions on movement, events and gatherings.
This briefing covers powers around the collection of information on food supply (clauses 23-27).
This briefing covers provisions in the Bill to expand the availability of video and audio link in criminal court proceedings (clauses 51-55).
This briefing covers provisions for postponing elections, including those scheduled for 7 May 2020 (clauses 57-66).
An overview of what sunset clauses are, the clause featured in the Bill and a discussion on how they work.
An overview of initiatives to support businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.
As officials of the International Criminal Court are targeted by US sanctions, this briefing takes a look at the recent developments at the Court.