Analysis and action on living standards
The role of Universal Credit in supporting unemployed people through coronavirus
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, governments have taken unprecedented steps to protect the health of their citizens. They now need to take extraordinary steps to safeguard their own financial health through what could be a protracted period of economic disruption,
The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes. We work across a wide range of economic and social policy, combining our core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on the UK economy, as well as other economies around the world. In our work on this topic we consider the scale and nature of the economic shock, and what practical support is needed to help limit the living standards hit to households.
Unprecedented support for employees’ wages last week has been followed up by equally significant support for the self-employed. But some workers still risk falling through the cracks.
The Resolution Foundation calculates the real Living Wage – a voluntary hourly pay rate that is based on what families need to get by. The current national rate is:
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