The IPPR has published a new report which calls for an emergency support package to ensure that children are not unfairly disadvantaged during the COVID-19 health crisis. This follows recent public health measures to close schools, a switch to online learning and growing restrictions on outdoor play. The IPPR is also concerned that these measures are coupled with families enduring increasing financial hardship and risk of debt. The IPPR is therefore calling for a number of measures to be implemented to prevent “children of the pandemic” becoming “unseen victims”. These include the right to paid parental leave for those who need to look after children; an increase in the child element of Universal Credit and child tax credit by £10 a week, and removal of the two-child limit; one-off emergency Child Benefit payments of £30 each for 12.7 million children; measures to ensure that all children can access online learning resources and owners of private green spaces urged to open them up for public use.
The recommendations follow analysis by the IPPR which suggests that children risk being particularly negatively impacted by aspects of the UK’s response to the ongoing epidemic.
The full report can be found here.