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As part of our No Cold Homes campaign, we’ve joined forces with a host of famous faces including Ed Sheeran, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie and Sir Chris Hoy to help fight fuel poverty in the UK. The stars have generously donated items for our biggest ever celebrity clothes auction to help us raise awareness and money to support people struggling to afford to heat their homes. The online auction runs from 30 November to 9 December.

Bidders can go for Ed Sheeran’s O’Neill jacket, or Honor Blackman’s Ralph Lauren jumper, whilst sports fans can opt for a Team GB cycling top signed by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy or an Arsenal jacket made famous by Arsene Wenger.  The more you bid, the more people we can support and help to stay warm and healthy this winter. 

Get involved!

Visit our auction section to get your bids in when it goes live on Monday 30 September. Look out for further auction updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Coronavirus Information

My child's school is closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. What can I do?

The government has announced that schools will be closing for the majority of students from 20 March 2020.

Children in the following groups will still be able to go to school if their parents choose to send them:

  • The children of key workers
  • Children receiving support from social services
  • Children with disabilities
  • Children with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs​)
  • Young carers

If you need to take time off work to care for your children, you should check your employment rights on the ACAS website.
 

What if I am well but my employer tells me not to work because of the coronavirus outbreak?

This will depend on your contract and is an employment law issue. You may be able to get advice from ACAS on this. You will not be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

What if I have been in contact with someone with coronavirus and don’t want to go to work and risk infecting my colleagues and customers?

You will only be able to get special help under the coronavirus rules if you are self-isolating in accordance with NHS advice. You can find the current NHS coronavirus advice on the NHS website

What if I am not getting any customers in my self-employed business because of the coronavirus?

You may be able to claim Universal Credit, but you will not be entitled to any special support because of the coronavirus outbreak. You may have the minimum income floor applied to your claim, or you may be required to look for full time-employment.

I’m on a zero-hours contract, will I get paid if I’m told to self isolate?

If you are self-isolating in accordance with NHS guidance and you usually earn at least £120 per week, you should get Statutory Sick Pay even if you are on a zero hours contract.

What if I am homeless with no income so can’t self-isolate and need funds for accommodation?

The government has not published any guidance for what you should do if you are homeless and develop coronavirus symptoms. It would be best to contact your local authority for advice. You should do so by telephone if at all possible.