Universal Credit: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the self-isolation payments currently being piloted will be payable to those who have claimed but are not yet in receipt of Universal Credit because of the five week wait.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Payment can apply to receive it within two weeks of their period of self-isolation ending, for the duration of the scheme. They will need to submit the necessary evidence to prove their eligibility.

Someone who is not in receipt of any of the benefits listed in the eligibility criteria, but who applies for one or more of them after testing positive or being identified as a contact, can still apply for the new payment subsequently, provided:

- They have been approved for the benefit they have applied for by the time they apply for the self-isolation payment; and

- They apply for the self-isolation payment no later than two weeks after their period of self-isolation ended.

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