Coronavirus: Support for the unemployed

Checked 29 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you lost your job after 28 February

Your employer might be able to re-employ you and put you on temporary leave instead. This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Your employer could get a grant using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help them pay for some of your wages. Check if your employer can use it.

Financial support

Apply online for Universal Credit to get financial support if you’ve lost your job.

You might also be able to:

You might also be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance if one for the following applies:

  • you or your child might have coronavirus or you’re recovering from it
  • you or your child are self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who might have coronavirus
  • you have been told to stay at home for at least 12 weeks by the NHS because you’re at high risk of severe illness

You do not need to go into a Jobcentre Plus office to apply or get a payment.

Processing your application

Because of coronavirus, it might take longer than usual to process your application and answer questions about it. We apologise for these delays – we know this is a difficult time.

Advance payments

If you do not have enough money to live on while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment you can ask for an advance payment.

Looking for other work

Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales using the Find a jobservice. There is a different service to search for jobs in Northern Ireland.



See Also

Coronavirus: Support for employees

Checked 29 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work

If your employer has no work for you to do (you’ve been put ‘on furlough’)

Coronavirus: Support for the self-employed

Updated 29 June 2020

Claim a grant if you’ve lost income

If you’re getting less work or no work because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might be able to claim a grant through the coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Other financial support