Corona-Finance: Benefits

Corona-Finance: Benefits

I’ve lost my income due to coronavirus. I can’t pay my rent. What help is available?

Check if you can get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

If not, you may be entitled to benefits, so check and apply as soon as you can. Check here https://benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk/AboutYou to see what benefits you can apply for.

You can check if you are eligible for Universal Credit here https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit and you can apply for Universal Credit here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

There is also information on applying for New Style ESA here
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance-detailed-guide.

The government has put a hold on all new evictions for 3 months, and it is always worth discussing your situation with your landlord. For more information on your rights as an employee, check here https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

And for housing advice, check the Shelter website https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus#Rent_payment_problems

I am claiming Universal Credit. I have followed government advice to self-isolate or been infected with Coronavirus. Will this affect my claim?

If we are claiming Universal Credit (UC) and have (or may have) contracted Coronavirus and are self-isolating, we’re not expected to search for work. Nor are we expected to be available for work, the way UC claimants usually are. We must contact our Work Coach as soon as possible to let them know, either through the online journal or the UC helpline. Advice is changing all the time and the period of self-isolation this covers could vary. Same applies if we usually search for work at a public place, like a library, and it is shuts down for public health reasons. More info on the Gov website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Will I be sanctioned if I’m claiming Universal Credit and can’t attend a jobcentre appointment because of Coronavirus?

No, as long as we tell them as soon as possible. The government has said that we will not be sanctioned if we are unable to attend a jobcentre appointment because of Coronavirus. This applies if we are following government advice to self-isolate, or have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. But we must contact our Work Coach as soon as possible to let them know, either through the online journal or the Universal Credit helpline.

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