As Coronavirus spreads it is expected that higher numbers of
people than usual will be off sick for a time. For direct advice on
claiming statutory sick pay, Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support
Allowance, please follow the links.
Follow the link for more information on Universal Credit and Claiming Benefits
UC contingency fund
People who have recently made an application for UC (at the time of applying or very soon after/within 2 assessment periods) and who are in financial hardship (delayed claim, illness etc) should consider applying to the UC contingency fund. Recent changes mean that financial assistance can be considered in the form of a grant without having to apply /receive an advance prior to application.
Applications should be done via work coach or by Tel: 0800 587 2750.
Discretionary support has also changed and in addition to Grants/Loans
available for living expenses and essential items it will now include financial
support beyond the normal circumstances and include a grant for those in
financial hardship as a result of Covid 19.
Applications can be done via Tel 0800 587 2750 or online via https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/extra-financial-support
Further information on the above can be found here: https://lawcentreni.s3.amazonaws.com/Social-Security-Update-24-March-2020.pdf