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Press and Campaigns Update

This summer, we've been very busy on our campaigns and press activity

MP Alison Thewliss with the Turn2us teams

Benefits Awareness Campaign

Our Benefits Awareness Campaign has continued with further media coverage - we've now achieved over 266 press mentions since we launched in May.

As a result of the campaign, Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss visited our helpline to meet the team and listen in to some calls to learn more about what we do.

Ms Thewliss said:

“I was delighted to visit Turn2us and learn first-hand about their useful advice and valuable information on a range of grants and funds. Organisations like Turn2us provide vital support and information at a time when the UK Government are implementing major welfare reforms.”

We've also seen a huge increase during the campaign in people signing up to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on our work. Our campaign posters have also been shared in local community spots across the country. Thank you for sharing them in your local area. Please let us know if you'd like further copies.

School summer holidays

Several weeks ago, we also released new research on the pressures families face over the school summer holidays. We found that 36% of parents are worried about the impact of the summer holidays on their ability to pay household bills and expenses, while 42% are concerned about spending more money on food for their children during this time.

As a result of our findings, we've been encouraging parents to check what additional financial support could be available to help them over the summer and beyond. The research has been widely picked up in the media, featuring in The Guardian, Mirror Online and Evening Standard as well as on BBC Radio 4's ‘Bringing Up Britain’ show and across several regional newspapers and websites.

We've also seen great mentions for the charity in The Week magazine (Turn2us featured in its 'Charity of the Week' slot) as well as on BBC Radio 4's ‘Money Box’ programme.

Read the Guardian article: Summertime, and the livin’ isn’t easy as parents struggle with childcare

Read the Mirror Online article: Families missing out of £15 billion benefits

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.