Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you’re entitled to

The coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on peoples work and finances, but there is support available if your employed, self-employed or are struggling to pay your bills.

Employed

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If you’re an employee, the job retention scheme can cover 80 percent of your wages up to £2,500 a month. You might also be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re ill.

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Self employed

If you’re self-employed the self-employment income support scheme might offer you some support. But if your income has dropped significantly, there are a range of benefits you might be able to claim.

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Your money

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This is not just a health crisis, but a financial crisis as well. Find out more about how to manage your money during this crisis, as well as what support might be available to you from your bank and lenders when it comes to overdrafts, loans and credit cards.

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Scams

Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in an increase in the number of financial scams. These include fraudsters claiming to be offering government backed grants and other kinds of financial support.

Coronavirus and your mental health

Coronavirus will have a big impact on a lot of our finances, which might negatively affect our mental wellbeing. Poor mental wellbeing might mean that you struggle to make the best money-based decisions for you, as well as act upon them. If you are feeling stressed, check out our Money problems and poor mental wellbeing guide for practical tips on how to cope financially through the pandemic, as well as where you can get free specialist help.

Remember, if you are struggling, it is always worth getting in contact with your bank, building society, lender or whoever you owe money to, to discuss your options. Many companies are aware that their customers are struggling with money at the moment and have put processes in to help. However, you can’t benefit from that help if you don’t let them know your situation.

If you are feeling very low or suicidal because of your money worries, you need to talk to someone now. Call 999 if you are in immediate danger or give the Samaritans a call on 166 123.

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