Families could lose universal credit money if they claim bereavement payments on coronavirus program


FAMILIES of NHS heroes who die on the coronavirus frontline may have their benefits halted if they make a claim on the virus insurance policy.

In April, Health Secretary Matt Hancock unveiled a fund that would give working families a lump sum of £ 60,000 under the NHS life insurance and welfare coronavirus scheme.

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Universal credit payments are a lifeline for the British

It was put in place so that families who lose their loved ones to Covid-19 are not deprived.

But since cash is treated as a form of income, they could lose their universal credit.

Under the benefit rules, people who apply have their finances checked to make sure they are not falsely claiming money from the government.

If your savings, or your capital, are worth more than £ 16,000, you are not eligible for universal credit.

People who have claimed from the Covid-19 scheme are not exempt from these checks, and payment is “fully considered” when assessed for benefit, the government said.

A total of 135 applications have been filed to date, 30 having received payments, 64 accepted and awaiting payment and the remainder is still being processed or assessed.

No claims have yet been rejected.

More than 180 NHS workers and 130 social workers had died after contracting Covid-19 earlier this year.

Sara Wilcocks, head of external affairs at Turn2us, said cutting universal family credit payments was “cruel and unnecessary”.

She said: ‘Acknowledging the loss of frontline NHS workers to Covid by paying their families this £ 60,000 was a step in the right direction – giving them some financial leeway while they mourn .

“However, it now appears to be a case of ‘one hand gives while the other takes away’. Effectively penalizing these same grieving families by reducing their entitlement to benefits is a real kick in the teeth for those who have given so much during this difficult year. ”

The government’s flagship benefit system is already designed to get people back to work, but a series of serious problems with the system has actually left millions of people worse off.

That’s why The Sun launched the Make Universal Credit Work campaign, calling for a number of changes that will benefit hard-core claimants.

Under universal credit, there is a declining rate, which means that for every £ 1 earned, the payment goes down by 63 pence.

The Sun wants the cut rate reduced to 50 pence to help at least four million struggling families.

The Sun wants to make universal credit work

UNIVERSAL Credit replaces six benefits with one monthly payment.

By the time the system is fully deployed in 2023, nearly 7 million will be there.

But there are big problems with the flagship system – it takes five weeks to get the first payment and that could make it worse for some families of several thousand pounds a year.

And while working families can claim up to 85% of their child care costs, they need to find the money to pay the child care costs up front – we have heard of families waiting until. ‘to six months for the money.

Working parents across the country told us they couldn’t take more hours – or even turned down better-paying jobs or more hours because of the amount of their benefits.

It’s time to make universal credit work. We want the government to:

  1. Get paid faster: The government must reduce the British waiting time for their first universal credit payments from five to two weeks, to prevent millions of people from going into debt.
  2. Keep more of what you earn: The work allowance should be increased and the reduction rate reduced from 63 pence to 50 pence, helping at least 4 million families.
  3. Don’t be punished for having a family: Parents should get the 85%. 100% of the money they can claim for child care instead of being paid in arrears.

Together, these changes will help make universal credit work.

Join our Universal Credit Facebook group or send an email to [email protected] to share your story.

A government spokesperson said: “The death of every healthcare worker is a tragedy. Since launching in May, the life insurance scheme has already provided additional financial security to families of frontline NHS and social service workers in England who have died from coronavirus.

“It has always been one of the central tenets of universal credit that decisions on granting the benefit must take into account the current ability of individuals to meet their basic needs, so that we continue to focus on supporting families who need it most. ”

For those who are struggling, there is a little-known universal credit fund that you don’t have to pay back.

Here’s how the August holiday will affect your universal credit payments.

And Britons on Universal Credit are expected to receive their first payment after two weeks, a peer group said.

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