Our grant-making during the pandemic
Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the UK, Turn2us has made 3,306 grants totalling £1,952,637. This means that we have provided direct financial assistance to 7,734 people during the outbreak. Additionally 300,000 people have completed Grant Searches on our website, accessing grants from other providers.
With almost three months of data collected through our tools and services, we are now able to take a closer look at Turn2us grant recipients.
Reflecting the fact that women’s incomes have been worst affected by the pandemic, we have paid marginally more grants to women than to men (54% compared to 46%).
We’ve given 25-44-year olds the most grants, which reflects the fact that the working age population has been hit particularly hard financially. Most notably, younger workers are more likely to work in insecure forms of unemployment such as zero-hours contracts.
Slightly over a third of people we’ve supported were employees, and over a quarter were self-employed.
Just over half of the grants we gave went to families with children.
Roughly one fifth of our service users since the outbreak began had a disability.
In April we found that people with a disability were more likely to report that their employment had been affected due to coronavirus, so they have been more likely to need financially assistance.