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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What financial support is there for working families?

Last updated 30th March

*PLEASE FOLLOW ANY GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS ARTICLE AS GUIDANCE ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IS CHANGING DAILY*

We have created a quick guide of benefits you might be able to claim if your income changes as a result of Coronavirus.

You might also want to look at our page for new and expectant parents, our page on furlough and redundancy and our page on your employment rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m off work because I am self-isolating – what can I claim?

I’m already claiming benefits but my income has gone down – can I get more help?

What can I claim if my income has gone down due to coronavirus? I’m not claiming any benefits.

I’m self-employed but I can’t work because of coronavirus – what can I claim?

I used to get free school meals for my children but now the schools are shut – what can I do?

My employer has said they cannot afford to keep paying me, is there financial support to help them continue to pay my wages?

I’m struggling to pay my bills and afford food – what other help is available?


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