#UniversalCredit might be impacted by #coronavirus - but how?

UNIVERSAL CREDIT is a benefit for working people, but how will it be impacted by coronavirus?

PUBLISHED: 21:42, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:53, Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Universal Credit claimants who might not be able to work or attend essential interviews due to coronavirus might risk facing sanctions. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide explaining how to ensure you avoid sanctions if you get coronavirus or if you are on mandatory self-isolation.

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Universal Credit is a benefit for working people which replaces six individual benefits merging them into one singular payment.

The payment is made directly into claimants’ bank accounts and covers all the benefits one might receive.

The benefit was designed to making claiming for benefits simpler and is made monthly, or twice-monthly for some people in Scotland.

Universal Credit payments are only received by those on a low income or out of work.

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How much are Universal Credit payments?

A Universal Credit payment consists of a standard allowance and any extra allowance which apply to you.

This benefits calculator enables you to determine how much you might receive.

This amount is determined by your circumstances and may change subject to any changes in your circumstances.

The standard monthly allowance for each circumstance is as follows, excluding any additional benefits you may be entitled to:

Single and under 25: £251.77 Single and 25 or over: £317.82 In a couple and both aged under 25: £395.20 In a couple and either of you are 25 or over: £498.89.

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What should you do if you contract coronavirus and are claiming benefits?

Coronavirus has spread to more than 90,000 people around the world, 51 of those are from the UK.

Last week, the killer infection claimed its first British victim when a man who was quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan died.

On Tuesday, the government said up to a fifth of the UK workforce may be off sick during the peak of a coronavirus epidemic.

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