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Coronavirus - check what benefits you can get

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If you’ve been affected by coronavirus, you might be able to claim benefits or get more money on your current benefits. 

This might be because you: 

  • can’t work as you have coronavirus or you’re following guidance to stay home - this is called ‘self-isolating’ 
  • are earning less because you can’t go to work 
  • are self-employed and you’re earning less 
  • have lost your job

If your employer has told you not to work, you might be able to keep getting paid. You should check if your employer can pay 80% of your wages and claim it back from the government.

If you’re not a UK citizen, you might still be able to claim benefits - check the rules for the benefit you want to apply for.

Check if you can get Statutory Sick Pay

You might get statutory sick pay (SSP) if you’re following government guidance to self-isolate or you’re shielding.

You could get SSP if:

  • you have coronavirus

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus 

  • someone you live with has coronavirus or symptoms of coronavirus 

  • the NHS has sent you a letter advising you to shield because you’re ‘extremely vulnerable’ - find out more about shielding on GOV.UK

You can read the government guidance about self-isolating on GOV.UK.

You’re ‘vulnerable’ if you’re aged 70 or over, pregnant or have certain health conditions - it’s different from being extremely vulnerable. You might have to work if you’re vulnerable. Find out if you’re classed as vulnerable on GOV.UK. If you want to stop working, you won’t get SSP unless you’re following government guidance to self-isolate. Find out what to do if you’re worried about working.

Find out more about getting SSP.

If you’re self-employed or can’t get SSP 

You might be able to claim contribution-based or new-style Employment Support Allowance (ESA) if you have coronavirus or you’re self-isolating. 

You’ll need to have paid enough National Insurance contributions for 2 tax years – in 2020 the tax years are 2017-18 and 2018-19.

If you can get ESA, you’ll be paid from the first day you were sick or self-isolating. 

You’ll also be able to get ESA if you’re caring for a child who has coronavirus or who’s been told to self-isolate.

Check if you can get ESA

If you’ve been employed in the past, you might have paid enough National Insurance contributions to get ‘new style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). 

Check if you can get JSA.

If you’re struggling to pay your bills, you might be able to get extra help. 

If you’ve not claimed benefits before 

You might be able to claim Universal Credit as well as SSP. You can still get Universal Credit if you’re self-employed. 

Check if you can claim Universal Credit.

If you’re struggling to pay your bills, you might be able to get extra help.

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