What help is available if I am struggling financially?
Our charity for members, There for You, has reopened its COVID-19 response fund, offering grants of up to £500 to help those whose household incomes have been affected by coronavirus. You can check if you’re eligible and apply online here.
If you are on a low income you may be entitled to Universal Credit.
The government announced on 20 March 2020 that Universal Credit will be increased by £20 per week (£1,000 a year). Working Tax Credit will also be increased by £20 per week (£1,000 a year). The increase started from 6 April 2020.
You might also be entitled to more help with your rent. The government has announced that the Local Housing Allowance will be increased to cover more people’s rents.
What happens if I receive sickness or disability-related benefits?
Face-to-face health assessments for sickness and disability benefits remain suspended but some reviews or re-assessments are gradually restarting.
This means you should continue to receive PIP (personal independence payments), ESA (employment support allowance) and industrial injuries disablement benefit without having to attend a face-to-face appointment but you may be contacted to complete a review or re-assessment form.