Benefit/Money Advice

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 payUniversal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance, please follow the links.

Follow the link for more information on Universal Credit and Claiming Benefits

Universal Credit YouTube Tutorials

Changes to the Universal Credit contingency fund and discretionary support

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

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

Further information on the above can be found here:

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