Following the government's announcement that they are allowing certain prisoners to be released early, there have been new Regulations made that allow those released not to fall under the definition of 'prisoner' and therefore be able to claim means-tested benefits (or be included in a claim for means-tested benefits)
The measure allows certain prisoners (with two months or less still to serve) to return home on a temporary licence as a way of avoiding the spread of the virus.
They will be electronically tagged and can be recalled at the first sign of concern.
In force from 8 April 2020, the Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.409/2020) make provision for individuals on temporary release from prison to access means-tested benefits during the period of that release.
NOTE: These Regulations apply to England and Wales only. Northern Ireland have also laid similar Regulations.