The Coronavirus has had a big impact on many people and their ability to work. If your income has been affected, try not to worry, there are benefits you can get that will boost your income.
If the Coronavirus means you’re unable to work, you could be able to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). You will get it from the first day you are off sick. If you are a gig worker and/or on a zero-hours contract, you may be entitled to sick pay. Check your eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay.
If you need to show evidence to your employer that you need to stay at home due to Coronavirus, you can get it from NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a Fit Note from your doctor.
You can apply for Universal Credit and/or apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance
All face-to-face assessments for health and disability-related benefits have currently been stopped. If you already have an assessment appointment arranged, you do not need to attend. Your assessment provider will contact you to discuss your appointment and explain the next steps to you.
You don’t need to do anything. The Department for Work and Pensions will be in touch either by phone or letter.
You will continue to get your current payments as normal.
DWP will continue to take claims for all benefits. You may have to miss your appointment if you are suffering with Coronavirus, or are shielding. Don’t worry, if you contact them as soon as you can, the DWP won’t sanction you.
Your normal work search will be stopped for the time you are off sick.
Contact your work coach as soon as possible. You can do this by using your online journal, or calling the Universal helpline.
If you’re in work and already claiming Universal Credit and are staying at home on Government advice, you should report this in the usual way via your online journal. If this means you are working fewer hours, the amount of Universal Credit you receive will adjust as your earnings change.
Stay at home, the Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) will not be applied for a period of time whilst you are affected.
You can apply for Universal Credit online and it’s important to make a claim as soon as you can.
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