Support for benefits claimants

Support for Benefits Claimants 

  • Disabled and sick claimants who cannot attend a reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit will continue to receive their payments while their assessment is rearranged.
  • People who need to claim ESA or Universal Credit because of coronavirus will not be required to produce a fit note.
  • When claimants tell their JobCentre Plus in good time that they are staying at home or that they have been diagnosed with coronavirus, they will not be sanctioned – The JobCentre will review their conditionality requirements in their claimant commitment, to ensure they are reasonable.
  • Claimants who are staying at home as a result of coronavirus will have their mandatory work search and work availability requirements removed to account for a period of sickness.