Throughout the project, the participants and researchers on Covid Realities were featured in various print and TV media, including Good Morning Britain; BBC Breakfast; BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour; BBC News at 6pm; The Independent; The Guardian, and The Daily Mirror. Participants have been flagging the importance of keeping and extending the £20 Universal Credit uplift, as well as highlighting the difficulties in juggling everyday life on a low income during the pandemic:
Participant Caroline spoke to BBC Spotlight about her experiences of struggling in the pandemic in Northern Ireland
Covid Realities participant Maria featured on Times Radio alongside Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the W&P committee, talking about the UC £20 uplift decision.
Caroline's experience of the £20 UC uplift is featured in the Work & Pensions Committee's report into the £20 uplift.
The Covid Realities project, and especially participants Alex, Aurora and Victoria are featured in this article in The Big Issue. ‘I’m losing hope’: How low income families have been impacted by the pandemic.
Two participants Aurora and Dorothy shared their experiences of the UC uplift. BBC Radio 4 PM from around 17mins 30secs
Sydnie, one of the participants, shared her experiences of the UC uplift on BBC Breakfast / BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat (from 14mins)
Participant Emma shares her family’s experiences of furlough and claiming UC: ‘Sometimes we don’t eat’: How the planned cut to universal credit will push people over the edge.
Participant Caroline shares her experiences of the UC uplift: Single mums describe devastating impact of £20-a-week Universal Credit cut
Pandemic Pressures, a joint report from Covid Realities and the Resolution Foundation, was cited here: What Tories fear about Marcus Rashford: he's made the case for decent welfare.
Participant Nik discusses being a single mother during the pandemic: Mother who grew up on free school meals says struggling with children in pandemic is ‘devastating’. The i newspaper.
Caroline and Shirley, participants, spoke about their experiences of spending during lockdown on BBC News at 6pm. Their experiences are also in this BBC News article. 'My spending has gone up, not down, in lockdown'.
Pandemic Pressures, a joint report from Covid Realities and the Resolution Foundation, was cited here. Poor families' living costs have surged during pandemic, UK study finds. The Guardian.
Here, participant Aurora speaks about the impact of UC debt deductions: ‘We’re close to homeless’: The impact of Universal Credit deductions. The Big Issue.
In the week beginning 14th December 2020, participants Dorothy, Cassie and Aurora share their Covid Realities in a week long series on BBC Radio 4's PM show
Participant Maria speak about her struggles to budget during the pandemic. Mum forced to risk catching coronavirus to pick up 3 days of pasta from food bank.
Participant Neil spoke to the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Sydnie featured in a Guardian article by Covid Realities researcher Ruth: 'Eat out to help out': a forlorn dream for those struggling to feed a family.
Covid Realities was featured in Ros Wynne-Jones’ ‘Real Britain’ column in The Daily Mirror.