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Existing benefit claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provide reliable up to date information.

https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/

Benefits information from GOV.UK

Universal Credit

If you are sanctioned support is available, please contact welfarerights@sunderland.gov.uk for help.

The £20 per week boost to Universal Credit has stopped. It is important that claimants understand - for help and support go to The Money and Pensions Service.

The Universal Credit higher surplus earnings threshold is designed to ignore a certain amount of unusual higher income in one month. The present amount of £2,500 will continue till April 2022 when it will drop to £300.

Universal Credit claimants can now access British Sign Language interpreters as part of a free video relay service.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-video-service-for-deaf-claimants-accessing-universal-credit?utm_source=0dfa701a-3386-48ff-bc31-2e11a79ddc74&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Broadband Service for those claiming Universal Credit

If you are struggling to pay for broadband charges, support maybe available.

Broadband for people on benefits | How to get cheap broadband on Universal Credit (broadbandgenie.co.uk)

Universal Credit - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Other Providers are looking at similar deals, so contact your Provider to find out more.

Fit note temporary changes

From Friday 17 December 2021 to 26 January 2022 inclusive, DWP is making temporary changes to support the rollout of COVID-19 booster jabs.

Self-certification for sickness will be extended from seven to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits.

These requirements will be reinstated from 27 January 2022.

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