The fourth and final section of the consultation was about changes made to the social security system because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes were made to the benefits system during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes meant that people were given more time to apply for benefits or ask for decisions to be looked at again.
People were asked if COVID-19 should no longer be a reason for giving extra time to apply for benefits and asking for decisions to be looked at again.
Feedback was mixed on this. Just more than half disagreed with the idea, and less than half agreed. The rest did not know.
People who agreed said that the temporary changes had done their job. They felt that people did not need extra time to apply or ask for decisions to be looked at again. Some people who agreed said there should be flexibility in special cases where people are still feeling the impact of COVID-19.
Most people who disagreed said the impacts of COVID-19 were still being felt. They felt that the extra time to apply or ask for decisions to be looked at again might still be needed.
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