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I am already claiming benefits, how will coronavirus affect this?

If you get Universal Credit this will continue as normal.

If you’re working while claiming Universal Credit, your payment will be adjusted if you can no longer work due to coronavirus. You can update the hours you’re working in the usual way through your online account.

You do not need to attend any Jobcentre Plus appointments or medical assessments during the coronavirus outbreak. You should not attend a Jobcentre Plus unless asked to do so for an exceptional purpose.

Your payments will not be affected if you get:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • ‘New style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • ‘New style’ Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment

For more information see


  1. Coronavirus