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Self-employed financial claims due to the coronavirus outbreak

We have produced this short guide to applying for financial support if you are self-employed and affected by the coronavirus outbreak. This advice is correct as of 16th March 2020 and will be updated, as necessary.


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Key points:-

  • If you are affected by the coronavirus you will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month’s advance upfront without physically attending a Job Centre.
  • If you are suffering from the coronavirus or are required to stay at home and want to apply for ESA, the usual 7 waiting days for new claimants will not apply. ESA will be payable from day one.
  • Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of the coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected.

Further information:-

Coronavirus and claiming benefits.


Apply for Universal Credit.


Universal Credit Helpline: 0800 328 5644 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

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