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Benefits for people who were not working prior to COVID 19

Information about benefits that you received if you were not in work prior to recent events.

Jobseeker's Allowance

This benefit is made up of two elements: Income-Related Jobseeker's Allowance and 'New-Style' or Contributory Jobseeker's Allowance.  

If you are receiving Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance it means that you have been claiming this benefit prior to the roll out of Universal Credit. Entitlement to income-based JSA will continue providing you still meet the criteria.

To qualify for 'New-Style' or Contributory Jobseeker's Allowance you must have met the relevant national insurance contributions conditions.  

The amount of the flexible support fund available to the Jobcentre staff to help you obtain work or additional work has been increased, as well as additional support for people under 25.

If you become sick whilst claiming Jobseeker's Allowance you can continue to claim this benefit for a temporary period. The Job Centre can relax your work related requirements and treat you as not available for work for up to 2 two-week periods of sickness in the last twelve months plus one extended period of sickness for up to 13 weeks. You will need to inform the DWP that you are sick and provide evidence such as a fit note (sick note).

The DWP have confirmed that if you are a person:

  • infected or contaminated with Coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19)
  • caring for a child or qualifying young person who you receive Child Benefit for and is a member of your household and who is in isolation or infected or contaminated with Coronavirus disease.

You can continue to be entitled to Jobseeker's Allowance and these periods will not count towards the above periods of sickness. If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those who or have been told to self-isolate because of this disease a self-isolation note can be obtained and you are advised to obtain one to provide this as evidence to the DWP - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/. This measure has now been extended until 12 May 2021.

 

Universal Credit

If you were already in receipt of Universal Credit you will continue to receive it.

Claimants who have become infected with Covid 19 or have been told to self-isolate will be treated as having a limited capability for work and will not have to provide fit notes or undergo a work capability assessment. If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those who or have been told to self-isolate because of this disease a self-isolation note can be obtained and you are advised to obtain one to provide this as evidence to the DWP - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

 

Employment and Support Allowance

This benefit is made up of two elements: Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance and 'New Style' or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. Universal Credit has replaced income-related Employment and Support Allowance for new claims; however many claimants are still in receipt of this benefit.

If you are already receiving this benefit you can continue to do so.

Face-to-face health assessments for Employment and Support Allowance continue to be suspended. If, as part of the Work Capability Assessment, you require an assessment, this will currently be done by phone: https://www.chdauk.co.uk/information-about-telephone-assessments.

 

Council Tax Reduction 

If you are already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and your income or circumstances have changed please report the change online or email benefits@swansea.gov.uk. You can make a new claim online.

 

Housing Benefit 

If you are already in receipt of Housing benefit and your income or circumstances have changed please report the change online or email benefits@swansea.gov.uk. A new claim for Housing Benefit can be accepted in limited circumstances. More information on Housing Benefit

If you are renting from the private sector the amount of help you get due to your eligible rent from the local housing allowance has increased for this year, the current maximum amounts are here: Local Housing Allowance rates.  The over inflation increases are currently for 2020/21 only, although we do not currently know if they will reduce to previous levels next year.

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