Universal Credit (UC) and other forms of support for those who have less or no work

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Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland.

You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work. 

Other forms of support that are available for those who have less or no work because of Coronavirus and cannot benefit from the specific Coronavirus schemes noted above, are the following state benefits:

New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if you’re under State Pension age, unemployed or usually work less than 16 hours a week, and have made enough National Insurance contributions, usually over the last 2 to 3 years - your savings and partner’s income will not affect how much you get​

New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you’re under State Pension age, have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work, and have made enough National Insurance contributions, usually over the last 2 to 3 years - your savings and partner’s income will not affect how much you get.

Applications for Universal Credit are done online. To begin an application, click here. To make a new claim for ‘New Style’ ESA, you will also need to apply online. Click here for more information.

 

Sources:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-what-to-do-if-you-were-employed-and-have-lost-your-job

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