Coronavirus: Universal Credit and other benefits


There’s a range of support available to help employers deal with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government has announced an extensive package of financial measures, including the Job Retention Scheme, a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium enterprises, and deferred VAT and Income Tax payments.

And if you have fewer than 250 employees, you will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because of coronavirus. This refund will be for up to 2 weeks per employee.

If you employ people, you are urged to use your discretion about what evidence, if any, you ask for when making decisions about sick pay. If evidence is required, employees can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online if they have symptoms, or the NHS website if they live with someone that has symptoms. See the advice for employers about the NHS 111 online isolation note.

DWP’s new employerhelp website offers a range of advice to help your business overcome challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff.

For those businesses that need to increase their workforce, remember to post vacancies on Find a Job

Find out about other government support for businesses affected by coronavirus.