What can local responses to COVID-19 tell us about potential and challenges for devolved ‘welfare'?
In a blog for Greater Manchester Poverty Action, WASD team members explore the impact of COVID-19 on local responses to welfare provision.
Whilst recognising the tremendous local cross-sector working that has happened during the pandemic, Dr Daniel Edmiston, Dr David Robertshaw and Dr Andrea Gibbons warn of the risks presented by local welfare support operating in a context of diminishing resources.
In this context, the increased autonomy that a devolved approach to welfare may bring would need to be accompanied by mechanisms of accountability for local citizens to articulate their needs and preferences about local provision. Read the full blog
This essay is one of a series published by GMPA on issues and lessons on social security in Greater Manchester. Read more