The current situation is an uncertain one and we're sure many of you are worrying about finances.
The Department for Work and Pensions are recommending that anyone having to self-isolate because of having the virus make a benefit claim asap.
You can apply for Universal Credit online and Jobcentre Plus staff are ready to support you if you are required to stay at home. If you need to make an appointment, call the number you are given when you submit your claim and explain the situation.
If you need to claim Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because of coronavirus, you will not be required to produce a Fit Note.
If you are affected by the virus you will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month's advance upfront without physically attending a job centre.
If you are required to stay at home and want to apply for ESA, the usual 7 waiting days for new claimants will not apply. ESA will be payable from day one.
Find out more on their website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions