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DWP Touchbase: 16 October 2020
October 19, 2020
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Employers joining the Kickstart Scheme 
As employers sign up for the new Kickstart Scheme, we’re sharing a video from Molinare TV and Film. Watch the video to find out how they are helping young people get a foothold in the creative sector through Kickstart. The Kickstart Scheme funds employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. Businesses applying for fewer than 30 positions over the lifetime of the scheme need to bid through a representative who will help them with their applications, ensure jobs are of good quality and young people receive the right support. Find out more   
Employment and Support Allowance updates Extension of Employment Support Allowance support for those impacted by COVID-19 
DWP has announced an extension of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those impacted by COVID-19. This means that ESA will remain available from day one to people with coronavirus or who have to self-isolate. Regulations, which came into effect on 13 March for those affected by COVID-19, have been extended for a further six months until 12 May 2021. The regulations remove the seven ESA waiting days, and treat claimants as having Limited Capability for Work without the requirement for fit notes or a Work Capability Assessment. This applies to both new style and legacy ESA new claims and ensures that support is provided as early as possible to those who are affected by coronavirus.  

Helping people follow the process for Employment Support Allowance applications 
When applying for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) it is really important people follow the right process so they get the correct benefit they are entitled to. There are 3 different types of ESA – ‘new style’, contributory and income-related. The type people get depends on their circumstances and it is important they check their eligibility on GOV.UK before making an application. When people have established which type of ESA they are eligible for they need to follow the correct application process as outlined on GOV.UK to make sure they get the money they are entitled to as smoothly as possible. Please share this information within your organisation and with your audiences and customers.   
 Job Support Scheme expanded 
The Job Support Scheme has been expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions Under this expanded scheme, the Government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months. Cash grants available for businesses required to close in local lockdowns, have also increased to up to £3,000 per month. Find out more  
Warm Home Discount Scheme 
Nearly a million pensioners across the UK will automatically receive £140 off their fuel bills as a result of government working closely with energy firms to cut their costs. The deduction, called the Warm Home Discount Scheme, will be taken automatically from energy bills before March 2021, with most pensioners receiving their discounts between now and January. Further information can be found on GOV.UK.  
Call for evidence on in-work progression 
DWP is calling for evidence that will help contribute to future policy on in-work progression. The new consultation is open until 20 November and is seeking views on challenges to progression in low pay sectors, benefits of progression to employers and localities, and examples of good practice across the country. To find out more or to take part, please visit GOV.UK.