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As part of our Covid Realities research project, fifteen parents and carers living on a low income shared their everyday experiences with us in June 2020. Their narratives emphasised that the coronavirus pandemic has introduced new, additional and often extreme levels of hardship and difficulty to their lives.

Lockdown brought new expenses to finding and securing daily essentials, testing already-stretched budgetary practices and placing additional burdens on people’s mental health. In this briefing note, we provide an overview of the main findings from this exploratory study and draw directly upon the testimonies of participants to set out key recommendations for change.

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