COVID-19: our on-going response

Employment & Financial

Employment and Financial Support
A collation of the many announcements from the Government.
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CRJS) – Update
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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
Who is eligible, and how to apply
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – Update
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What to do if you are struggling to pay your bills
What are your options if you are struggling to pay utility, council tax or other bills?
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Benefit changes
Changes to working tax credit and to child benefit, and the recovery of benefit overpayments to be paused
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Benefit changes 2
Government changes which might affect your benefits
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What to do if you cannot work because you are caring for someone or because your child is not at school
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Guidance on Isolation Notes
People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
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Guidance for Tenants
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Guidance for Tenants – Update
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Guidance for Home Owners
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Food & Shopping

Food banks
Details of how you can get help from your local food bank.
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Kosher Food Delivery
A directory of kosher food shops that provide a delivery service.
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Free School Meals vouchers
Schools can now provide a weekly shopping voucher worth £15, while schools are closed.
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Supermarket Priority Opening Times
When are supermarkets open just for NHS staff and elderly customers?
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Online pharmacies
Make use of Pharmacy2u or other online pharmacies

Contactless limit to rise to £45
The contactless limit for in-store spending is to increase from £30 to £45 from 1 April 2020.
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Lockdown & Shielding

Lockdown guidance
What the lockdown means you can and cannot do
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Shielding vulnerable people
Guidance on who qualifies as vulnerable on medical grounds, and what measures are in place.
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General Support

Help from your Local Authority
Contact details for Local Authorities when you are in need of urgent help that is not medical related
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Guidance on unpaid care
The Government has updated their guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support.
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Domestic abuse
Support if you are affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence
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Barnet COVID-19 parking arrangements
Details of new relaxed parking arrangements in Barnet
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Vehicle Tax and MOTs
Your car, van or motorcycle MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020
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Action Plan

This page will be a central community resource, collating the relevant information and presenting it in the most accessible way. Our team will investigate and collate information on policies and procedures from banks, building societies, DWP, local authorities, official bodies etc

Crisis emergency team
This is here to help you with urgent options in the event you are unable to pay bills, and will provide guidance on issues like mortgage and rent holidays.

We will give you advice on issues like: will you get sick pay, what benefits are you entitled to, and what is your position if you are self-employed?

We will advocate on your behalf with institutions, companies and landlords


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