COVID19 - Self-Employed

COVID19 - New Style Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

Universal Credit

The DWP are asking people to apply for Universal Credit online and to only call to book their initial telephone appointment.

Because the lines are busy, local jobcentres will also try to call customers if they see the customer has applied online but hasn't yet got an appointment booked. You should not worry if you can't get through straight away, a DWP member of staff will contact you as soon as they can.
Claims will start the day people submit their application online, this is not reliant on identity being verified online. DWP will never text or email asking for personal information or bank details.

New Style Employment and Support Allowance

People should apply for New Style Employment and Support Allowance by phone, where they are not already claiming Universal Credit.

People who have applied for Universal Credit or are already getting Universal Credit should contact their work coach or case manager about applying for New Style Employment and Support Allowance by signing in to their Universal Credit account.


COVID19 - Self Employment Income Support Scheme

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-July to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, text message, letter or within the online service.

The online service to claim the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021.

You’ll need to confirm that you meet other eligibility criteria when you make your claim.

You must make your claim on or before 30 September 2021.

Claim the fifth grant if you think that your business profit will be impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 May 2021 and 30 September 2021.