Covid 19 Resources

Resources for Covid 19

Some useful links we have put together to help you through the Covid 19 situation.

General Advice

The general advice from the Government about Covid-19.

If you have a business you may be eligible for help.

If you are in the production and manufacturing industry you could help with producing ventilator parts.

Financial

You could be entitled to Universal Credit.

ESA, even if you are self employed, as long as you have contributed to National Insurance in the past three years.

Mortgage holidays, which you can request from your bank. Most banks are hard to contact at the moment but the best advice is to keep trying. 

Business grants are available from borough councils to small businesses in receipt of business rate relief.

You can ask lenders and debt collectors extra time to pay, call or write letters as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation, and keep them updated of your circumstances.

You can ask your energy supplier temporary extra credit.

Energy suppliers have been told to not cut off people during this time. The best thing to do is inform them of your situation, call them, or write letters if you are anxious.
If you are isolating and have a pre pay meter you can’t top up, you can ask your energy supplier to remotely add credit:
Renters are being protected from eviction
Again best thing to do is to keep your landlord informed of your situation. Lenders cannot repossess homes at this time. Contact Citizens’ Advice. You can also now access savings with no penalties, contact your bank for more details.

Domestic Abuse

If being isolated at home will increase the threat of domestic violence to you and any children there is help here: National Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid
Mankind Initiative
If you need to leave quickly and are worried about taking pets, some help here: Dogs trust freedom project will foster your dogs, in certain areas: dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk Cats protection will foster cats in certain areas, at the moment they are only taking emergency cases but contact 03000 121212 or info@cats.org.uk

Health

Pharmacies will run their current duration for repeat prescriptions, please help others that are unable to travel, or are self isolating, many communities are using this template to show they are available to help

Shopping

Sainsbury’s has priority ordering for its online delivery, for the over 70s. They are also expanding their click and collect service.

Tesco are prioritising one hour between 9-10am on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays for the elderly.

Marks and Spencer are setting aside the first hour of trading Monday’s and Thursdays for the elderly day Tuesday and Fridays for NHS and emergency workers.

Other supermarkets are following suit on an individual store basis

Jobs

Mainly supermarkets, warehouses and driving, but there are companies recruiting: Search for customer assistants, store pickers, and home delivery drivers. If it is safe for you to do so, go straight to the store to apply direct as it is quicker.

Exercise

You are still allowed to go outside and walk/run, as long as you stay outside and stay a decent distance from others. You can also still walk your dog, get fresh air etc. Do not congregate in groups and do not travel far in your car.
PE with Joe Wicks
NHS fitness studio