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Coronavirus: Universal Credit
Universal Credit
From early on in the Coronavirus pandemic, the government introduced various measures to help sustain work and provide support for those who most need it.

Many of these measure have now ended - although some remain in place.  

To help, we're working flat out to provide useful information on the welfare benefit related measures to ensure everyone who needs help from the welfare system receives it.

Important: This is a fast-changing situation. We aim to keep the information given in these pages as up to date as possible - but the government announcements can be sudden and with little warning.

This section provides information to those already claiming Universal Credit as well as those claiming for the first time.

Best option

Is claiming UC the best option?


Eligibility rules for UC

Earnings limit

What is it?

New claim

The process of making a new claim for UC

When to claim

When should the claimant make a new claim for UC?

ID verification

Ways to verify ID

Claimant Commitment

What is it?

Lost job

What help is available?

Wages dropped

What help is available?

Self Employed

How does UC work for the self-employed?

Surplus Earnings

Surplus Earnings - what, who, how?

Housing Costs

Who can get help?

Stuck abroad

Stuck abroad due to coronavirus?

Childcare costs

Help with childcare costs


How is UC affected?