Money and benefits update

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Posted on19 Aug 2020

As the economy is slowly restarting and restrictions are easing, some of our residents will be ending periods of shielding. It can be difficult to understand what help is still available to you. Martin Bell, Money and Benefits Advisor provides some useful advice on the support which is still available.

Update

This month’s update from Martin Bell, Money and Benefits Advisor covers:

  • Changes to the shielding and Statutory Sick Pay rules
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
  • Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  • Changes to TV licenses for Over 75's
  • Information about a new freephone line for people who are suffering emotional distress caused by the pandemic.

Shielding and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer required to shield from 1 August 2020. This means that if you are unable to work from home, you can now return to your place of work. Further Government guidance can be found here.

Individuals will no longer be eligible for SSP based on shielding. Those affected by any new shielding guidance will receive a notification. Further information about SSP can be found here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Changes were made to the scheme from 1 August 2020. The scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions. Further information can be found here.

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The second and final grant opens for applications on 17 August 2020 and closes on 19 October 2020. It will be worth up to 70% of your trading profits and is capped at £2,190 a month and is taxable. When applications open on 17 August 2020, you will need to apply via the official Government claims portal.

Changes to TV licenses for Over 75's

New rules were introduced limiting free TV licences to over-75s receiving Pension Credit on 1 August 2020. Anyone receiving Pension Credit will still be entitled to a concession. To check your eligibility or to make an new online application visit here.

Jobcentres re-opening

Local Jobcentres will be expanding their services for people who cannot engage with them either digitally or by phone. Additional health and safety measures will be implemented so that a safe environment can be provided for those who chose to attend a centre.

New freephone line for those in mental distress

NHS Tees, Esk Wear and Valley have introduced a new freephone line which will make it easier for people in emotional distress, to access urgent help. People in York, including children and older people, can contact their local service on 0800 0516171.

For more information

Don’t forget, if you have any queries about support available to you, please contact Martin Bell, Money and Benefits Advisor by calling our customer services team on : 0800 587 0211 or emailing [email protected].