Support for employees or those recently made redundant

If you cannot work due to being ill/having to self-isolate

Statutory Sick Pay

Summary

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is the minimum amount your employer can pay you if you are too ill to work. Currently, you can receive £94.25 per week. The Government has said that for those not working for up to 14 days due to Covid-19, employers will be reimbursed for this cost. 

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:

  • be classed as an employee and have done some work for your employer
How to access this?

Apply online

If you have been made unemployed

Job Seekers’ Allowance

Summary

A benefit you can claim when you are looking for work. Some of the requirements have been relaxed due to Covid-19.

Who is Eligible?

It depends which type of JSA you apply for, which will depend on your circumstances.

See here

How to access this?

Apply online

Universal Credit

Summary

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly. While there is currently a 5-week wait for UC, you can get an advance on your first payment (which you will have to pay back later) which should mean you get support much quicker.

Who is Eligible?

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:

  • you’re on a low income or out of work
  • you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
  • you’re under State Pension age (or your partner is)
  • you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
  • you live in the UK.
How to access this?

Universal Credit explained here

and more advice here

If you are in a crisis and need urgent help

Council financial support package

Summary

A number of measures to provide emergency support for individuals experiencing hardship.

Who is Eligible?

Depends on the measure but anyone really struggling to pay their bills should consider this option.

How to access this?

Apply online