The coronavirus pandemic has had an adverse effect on many. Some businesses have been forced to close, permanently or temporarily. Individuals have been furloughed, lost jobs, or seen work dry up. Luckily, there is some help in place if you need it.
Test & Trace Support Payment
The Test & Trace Support Payment is available to certain individuals on low incomes who have tested positive for Covid or have been notified as a close contact of someone who has and need to self-isolate. If you are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result of isolating, you may be able to apply. Visit gov.uk for more information.
Tax Relief – working from home
You may be able to claim tax relief if you have to work from home all or part of the week. This includes if you have had to work from home due to coronavirus.
Having completed the online form myself, I can confirm it is very easy, and the money will be reflected in your next payslip. Find the form at gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home.
COVID-19 support for your business
Various packages of support are available if your business is affected by Covid. Support is available to both employers and the self-employed, including limited company directors and sole traders. Available support includes loans, tax relief and cash grants. Find out more at gov.uk.
Coronavirus help for renters
Evictions were temporarily halted during the initial stages of the COVID pandemic. The situation for renters now is more complex. It’s best to check out a reputable website such as shelter.org.uk.
Coronavirus help for homeowners
Mortgage payment holidays were available for some qualifying homeowners at the start of the pandemic, for those who were temporarily in financial difficulty. The scheme has now ended, but you can find more information on sites such as moneyhelper.org.uk.