Benefits Support

These are the existing social security arrangements. They may change soon but I will endeavour to keep you updated on significant changes.

Contributory employment and support allowance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance   
This is for those who have paid National Insurance contributions in recent years,  If you are currently unable to work because you are infected with Coronavirus or in isolation - or caring for their child who is infected or in isolation – you are treated as having limited capability for work so should be eligible from Day 1 at the rate of £73.10 a week.

Universal credit https://www.gov.uk/how-to-claim-universal-credit www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus
This is an option for self-employed people with savings/capital under £16,000.

Council tax reduction - https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/A/Apply_for_Council_Tax_Benefit.htm
This for those with capital under £16,000 and is means tested.

Statutory Sick pay –www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay/eligibility    
You are eligible if you are an employee and have normal weekly earnings of at least £118 a week and self-isolating or affected.  NB government has announced it is payable from day one www.gov.uk/government/news/sick-pay-from-day-one-for-those-affected-by-coronavirus

There is also useful information from the Money Advice Service available here:www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

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