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COVID-19: Benefits and support announced in Budget



In the recent Budget, the Government announced a number of changes to benefits to support people through the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Here's a round-up of the main points:

  • Statutory Sick Pay entitlement to be temporarily extended.
  • Contributory (New Style) ESA will be available from day one rather than eighth day for those affected by the coronavirus or self-isolating.
  • People will be able to claim Universal Credit and access advance payments without the current requirement to attend the jobcentre.
  • Minimum Income Floor for Universal Credit to be suspended temporarily during the coronavirus outbreak to help those self-employed.
  • £500 million new grant funding to local authorities to help to support ‘economically vulnerable people and households’ in their local area. The Government expects most of his money to be used to provide more Council Tax relief.
  • Small and medium businesses with fewer than 250 employees will get help to cope with the extra cost of paying Statutory Sick Pay for 14 days.
  • HMRC has set up a dedicated COVID-19 helpline to help self-employed in financial distress due to tax liabilities to agree a Time to Pay Arrangement.

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