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MBL: Coronavirus and Universal Credit

If you're claiming benefits for the first time, due to coronavirus, what's it like? Millions of people are applying for Universal Credit to cover basic living costs. Is it enough?

If you're claiming benefits for the first time because of coronavirus, what’s your experience? Millions of people who have lost their jobs or their income since lockdown, are having to apply for Universal Credit for the first time to help meet basic living costs. But how much do you get and how long before the money comes through? Join Paul Lewis and a panel of benefits experts offering advice on how to claim, what you might get and how to avoid pitfalls. Email your questions and stories to or tweet @moneybox

Anna Stevenson, Welfare benefits expert, Turn2Us
Will Hadwen, Working Families
Gary Martin, Welfare benefits specialist at Brixton Advice Centre

Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Emma Rippon

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37 minutes


  • Wed 22 Jul 2020 15:00

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