MILLIONS of self-employed workers affected by the coronovirus outbreak will be able to get sick pay through Universal Credit.
The government is also temporarily suspending all Jobcentre visits while the COVID-19 outbreak is ongoing.
Households will be able to manage their benefits over the phone of via their work journal instead, without the risk of being sanctioned for missing a visit.
Businesses with fewer than 250 employees will also be able to claim back the cost of providing statutory sick pay due to staff being affected by coronavirus from the government.
Employees will also no longer have to provide a sick note if they’re off work due to coronavirus.
Instead, the government and NHS say staff will be able to use the 111 call service to get a notification that can be used as evidence of being unfit to work.