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Coronavirus: What's Changed - What is shielding?
Coronavirus - What is shielding?

NOTE: shielding is no longer required.

Current guidelines: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.



The information below is about the measures that were in place when people were required to shield.


Shielders and benefits

Those advised to 'shield' were added as a category of people deemed to be incapable of work for the purposes of qualifying for SSP. 

Justin Tomlinson stated that: 
"Where an individual is notified by their doctor or health service to continue to shield in cases of local lockdown and where shielding guidance is reinstated, they will be eligible for ESA or SSP. If an individual is no longer required to shield they may still be entitled to ESA or SSP where they are sick, or self-isolating and meet the eligibility conditions. People can also apply for Universal Credit."


Getting benefits paid if they had a Post Office Card Account

To prevent 'shielders' having to leave their home to withdraw benefits from a Post Office, the DWP and the Post Office launched a scheme whereby, when DWP notified the Post Office of claimants who required a cash delivery, cash was sent to their home using Royal Mail Special Delivery.



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