I've read enough on herd immunity to get confused, but I believe that no 10's strategy of letting everyone get ill at the same time, without initially protecting the vulnerable, would have completely overwhelmed the NHS and caused an unspeakable number of deaths.
A number of commentators are saying that 'herd immunity' was another way of dressing up doing nothing.
Many organisations still working including DWP, are receiving record numbers of applications and enquiries, but with much fewer staff.
I would strongly advise people not to add to the delays by chasing them. Let them have time to process the applications.
No signing on will be necessary as DWP have suspended such appointments. The payments will be done automatically, but may be delayed. And yes, I believe payment date should be same as before, as it is based on NI number.
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