COVID-19: A guide to your income and benefits
Could you be entitled to benefits?
If you’ve been affected by coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits or get more money on your current benefits if:
- You have coronavirus, or you’re following guidance to stay at home
- You’ve lost your job
- You’re self-employed and can’t work
- You can’t work because your workplace has closed.
There have been some changes to the way Department for Work and Pensions operates to make it easier for you to continue receiving payments during this time:
For people already claiming support
- The Department for Work and Pensions has suspended all face to face Job Centre appointments for three months and benefit payments will continue as normal
- People who need to claim Statutory Sick Pay, Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit are not required to produce a fit for work note.
For people who need to make a new claim for financial support
- The seven day waiting period for new Employment Support Allowance claims no longer applies and this benefit will be payable from day one
- People are not required to produce a fit for work note for all new claims.
We have put together some scenarios that may apply to your situation to advise where you can go for help to find out what you could be entitled to.