Government Support For Individuals During The COVID-19 Outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK is affecting the normal way of life for people in many ways. The Government has announced a number of measures to support individuals as its impact continues to grow.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or those self-isolating and unable to work. This is in addition to the previously announced change that SSP will be payable from day one instead of day four.

Sick notes from 111

People advised to self-isolate will be able to get a virtual Statement of Fitness to Work by contacting NHS 111, rather than visiting a doctor. This can be used by employees where their employers require evidence.

Support for the self-employed

The self-employed and lower earners (below £118 per week) can now more easily make a claim for Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance.

Hardship Fund

A new £500m Hardship Fund will allow local authorities to support economically vulnerable people and households. Most of this Government funding will provide more Council Tax relief through existing support schemes or similar measures.

Problem paying tax?

HMRC can be approached to organise a staggered repayment plan if you fall behind meeting any tax payments due.

We can help you

If you need more information on any of the above measures the Bracey’s team can help. Give us a call today.