Hundreds of thousands who lost jobs in pandemic denied universal credit

300,000 universal credit applications in first few months of pandemic deemed ineligible due to savings

Hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs and livelihoods as a result of the Covid-19 crisis were refused access to universal credit, leaving many with little or no state support as their household finances crashed, it has emerged.

At least 300,000 applications for universal credit during the first four months of pandemic were deemed ineligible because those trying to claim had over £16,000 in savings or their partners were deemed to earn too much under strict means-tested welfare rules, according to official figures obtained by the Labour party.

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