David Hillson

Social Policy Specialist

David has professional experience working in the education, government and NGO sectors and an academic background in the political sciences with an MA in Human Rights and International Relations. He works across teams leading and providing support for our research, analysis and publications. He is currently pursuing his doctorate on the potential of child benefits within transitional justice programmes.

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COVID-19 provokes a surge in unemployment benefit claims in the UK, with claimants encountering a system that is “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and the “second harshest in the world” 

The unprecedented, rapid levels of global unemployment resulting from COVID-19 and the lockdown restrictions saw huge pressures put on social protection systems worldwide. In the UK, claimants for the Universal Credit benefit reached record levels during the lockdown months of April and May.