Coronavirus Update – 27th March
Self-employed Income Support Scheme
The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has been announced, which will see the Government pay self-employed people a taxable grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month, for three months. This may be extended if necessary.
For full details, please see the GOV UK Self-employment Income Support Scheme guidance
The Government has revised its guidance on which business must close to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. For a full breakdown of which businesses this applies to, as well as further information and advice, please see the linked document below:Closing certain businesses and venues (PDF)
Ofcom’s Stay Connected advice
As more of us work and learn from home, it’s vital that we all do our bit to help ease pressure on our broadband and mobile networks. Ofcom has seven simple tips you can try
as part of their Stay Connected campaign.
Car Insurance and Volunteering
The Association of British Insurers has confirmed to its members that those using their cars to support local communities through voluntary action by transporting medicines or groceries will not have their cover affected. You do not need to contact your insurer to update your documents or extend your cover. This applies to all categories of NHS Volunteer Responders, including transporting patients, equipment, or other essential supplies.Full information regarding insurer commitments on motor and home insurance during the coronavirus outbreak can be found at the Association of British Insurers website
Help to Claim
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that Citizens Advice will continue to deliver its Help to Claim service until April 2021, which is designed to help people get their first Universal Credit payment. It is recognised that with the coronavirus outbreak developing it is more important than ever that people have access to independent support to make their claim.