Life during lockdown survey

Dear all,

I hope this finds you well during these rather difficult times.

My dearest colleagues, in the UK, Denmark and Belgium, and I have designed a survey to understand people’s life and work experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown measures.  

We would be deeply grateful if you could spare some time and tell us your stories. Also please share it with your friends/colleagues or network. 

We aim to undertake further qualitative research in September to find out whether individuals’ circumstances have changed.

This survey is open for everyone (over 15 years old) and is available in English, French, Dutch, German and Danish.

You can access it via this link:

If you have any further questions/remarks please do not hesitate to get in touch with my via:

Your collaboration is much appreciated.

Stay safe and kindest regards,

Frederike & colleagues 

Dr. Frederike Scholz
SEIN – Identity, Diversity & (In)equality Research
Universiteit Hasselt – Belgium

Disabled People will not get extra £20 Universal Credit ‘uplift’ payment because it’s “too complicated” for the computer system

Computer Says ‘No’

DWP has said that:

–       Disabled people on older benefits e.g. ESA, housing benefit etc can’t get the extra £20 ‘uplift’ Universal Credit claimants get, because it’s “too complicated” for the computer system;

–       the emergency £20 was only ever intended for new claimants, and it was a “windfall gain” for existing ones ;and,

–       it wanted to help “people affected by the pandemic”. 

In other words, DWP thinks:

a.   Disabled people haven’t been affected by the pandemic, and

b.   If you were already poor, you don’t need money to meet the extra costs of Covid-19!

Tweet @theresecoffey, @JTomlinsonMP and @dwppressoffice today to demand an equal uplift for all on income- or disability-related benefits. 

4.  Discrimination: know your rights! If you’ve been treated unfairly or less favourably from other people, this may be discrimination. Bristol Law Centre offers free phone advice, call 0117 924 8662 10-4 Mon-Fri or email

5.  WECIL (The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) offers advice & support to help with applying for disabled people’s related welfare benefits. Call 0117 947 9922 or email to book an appointment.