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Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans she has to ensure that people unable to attend tribunal hearings for benefit allocations as a result of self-isolating have adequate living funds.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

HMCTS has set out its priorities for managing the response to the coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation. This includes advice to those self-isolating to contact the tribunal in which the hearing is to take place. Judges can consider an audio or video hearing.

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