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Universal Credit: Coronavirus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make her policy for work-search requirements and work preparation activities to be automatically suspended for universal credit claimants in the event that schools close or children have to stay home from school or nursery as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to introduce a temporary uplift in (a) the universal credit standard allowance, (b) jobseeker’s allowance, (c) employment support allowance and (d) income support to help people who have to self-isolate in line with the Government's advice on managing the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department is monitoring the adequacy of its response to the spread of COVID-19 closely and is determined to provide effective support to people across the country during this challenging period. Further measures will be taken if shown to be necessary.

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