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Firstly, Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

See here for more details.

 

I need to claim benefits. Where do I start?

You could qualify for benefits or statutory sick pay if you lose your job or can’t work because you’re sick or self isolating.

You could also get benefits if your pay goes down because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Find out more about what you can claim on the entitled to website

Can I apply for universal credit during the coronavirus outbreak?

Use the entitled to benefits calculator to check what you can claim before you apply – there are sometimes better options.

You can apply for universal credit on GOV.UK

Contact Citizens Advice if you need help with the online process.

Call the universal credit helpline on 0800 328 5644 if you:

  1. can’t apply online
  2. need a universal credit advance
  3. can’t access your universal credit account once you’ve set it up

You can usually get a universal credit advance within a few days if you can’t wait 5 weeks for your first payment. An advance must usually be repaid over the next year.

Jobcentres are still open at the moment.

You won’t have to attend Jobcentre Plus or medical assessments for at least the next 3 months due to the outbreak.

 

I get some housing benefit but now I’ve lost my job. How can I pay my rent?

You should report the change to the housing benefit department at the council.

Your benefit will usually increase if you report an income drop promptly.

Sometimes you might need to move on to universal credit instead.

Read Shelters guide on dealing with housing benefit changes

Apply for a discretionary housing payment if you get either:

  1. housing benefit
  2. universal credit housing element

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