‘New style’ Employment and Support Allowance will be payable - to those who meet the claiming criteria - for people with the COVID-19 virus or self-isolating according to government advice, from the first day of sickness, rather than from the eighth day,
A claimant can get up to £73/week – the amount won't be affected by either their or their partner's savings or income, though it will be reduced by any private pension the claimant receives if worth more than £85/week.
Someone in receipt of New-Style ESA (NS-ESA) can also receive Universal Credit, but you cannot get Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, or New-Style Jobseekers Allowance if you are getting NS-ESA.
It will continue in payment for the period the claimant is having to self-isolate. If they are still unable to work, then they may be able to claim New-Style Jobseekers Allowance instead.
NOTE: If someone is off sick for any other reason, standard rules apply and New-Style ESA will kick in from day four, not day one.
Click here for more about New-Style Employment and Support Allowance on the gov.uk website.