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Below is an overview of the latest government updates. For more detailed information and our guidance see our  Coronavirus and Benefits information.

  • The Universal Credit uplift of £20 per week will continue for a further six months(3 March 2021)
  • The furlough scheme and self-employed income support has been extended. The furlough scheme will now run until the end of September.  (3 March 2021)
  •  The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended to 600,000 people who were previously excluded.  (3 March 2021)
  • A fifth grant for the self-employed has also been confirmed (3 March 2021)
  • Test and Trace Support Payment scheme (25 Jan 2021)
    • If you’ve been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, you’re under a legal obligation to do so, and could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.

  • Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (14 Jan 2021)
    • Watch videos and register for the free webinars to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of coronavirus

  • Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (13 Jan 2021)
  • This guidance has been updated to include information on:

    • how to order vouchers
    • sending eCodes to families
    • supermarkets
    • redeeming the vouchers
  • Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants (11 Jan 2021)
    • This guide will assist tenants who have been served with a notice requiring or seeking possession

  • Latest guidance on job centres (4 Jan 2021)
  • COVID Winter Grant Scheme (30 Dec 2020)
    • The  COVID Winter Grant Scheme is to support  vulnerable households and families with children particularly affected by the pandemic throughout the winter where other sources of assistance may be unavailable.

  • Green Homes Grant (18 Nov 2020)
    • Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000.


Last updated 25 Jan 2021

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