Welfare policy research, surveys and consultation responses
Welfare and benefits forms the largest area of advice we deliver at Citizens Advice. This gives us some of the clearest insights into the way in which the system works and the challenges it poses.
Our research is focused on using our data and expertise to make the case for a system which is more responsive to the needs and circumstances of its users. This includes helping policymakers understand the impact of changes, working for better service design and highlighting the importance of robust advice and support.
Find out about all our welfare policy work.
- Lockdown Lifeline: Ensuring adequate support across the benefits system during the Covid-19 pandemic
- When the protection schemes end: a transition package to help households recover from the coronavirus shock
- Ensuring people do not fall through the gaps in the government’s employment support schemes
- Financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic - a proposal for a Crisis Minimum Income
- Helping people through the Covid-19 pandemic
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- Citizens Advice response to the Low Pay Commission’s 2019 Consultation
- Citizens Advice response to the Social Security Advisory Committee call for evidence on the Claimant Commitment in Universal Credit
- Citizens Advice response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee consultation on In-work Progression
- Citizens Advice response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Natural Migration Inquiry
- Citizens Advice response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Welfare Safety Net Inquiry
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Our research finds changes made by the government have made a difference for people waiting for their first Universal Credit payment - but lots of people are still struggling.