Essex County Council found to be in fault by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
Senior government officials instructed to conceal how part of the furlough scheme could be used to access sick pay.
Fall in unemployment masks the number of workers either totally or partially furloughed.
Thinktank cautions against withdrawing the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift in September 2021.
Serious concerns raised as delayed Government review sees 2,000 die after being rejected for benefits.
Fix Universal Credit or risk irreparable Covid scarring, says Citizens Advice.
Boris Johnson is "threatening the UK's recovery from Covid", say SNP.
Call comes after a BBC investigation found that 82 claimants have died after some alleged DWP activity.
The Covid pandemic has shown us the importance of a properly funded social security system.