Autumn/Winter Webinar Series: Inequalities and Covid-19 – The COVID shock: Women and social security in 2020

Event Date: Friday 6th November 2020

The UK Women’s Budget Group are hosting a series of lunchtime webinars exploring the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on different groups of women in the UK. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated inequalities of gender, race and ethnicity, age, disability and income. These discussions bring together policy expertise and lived experience to ask what has been the impact and what policies do we need now to improve the lives of marginalised women?

The COVID shock: women and social security in 2020.

‘The COVID shock: Women and social security in 2020’ the first in the Autumn/Winter webinar series, explored the role social security has played in the Covid-19 crisis in protecting different groups of women and their families from hardship. The webinar discussed how effective the current safety net and additional Universal Credit and Housing Benefit support has been to support people in this crisis, with a specific lens on how this has impacted women. As 2021 approaches and the temporary support measures are set to be scrapped, we also considered social security solutions to minimise further poverty and inequality going forward.

We heard from Kim Macintosh (Child Poverty Action Group), Fazilet Hadi (Disability Rights UK), Lucy Bannister (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Fran Bennet (University of Oxford). The recording of the event is available below: