- Last updated 03/06/2020 -
The Government understands that measures that are being introduced to curb the spread of the virus are having a profound affect on workers. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is taking unprecedented steps to protect UK workers and prevent unemployment.
Below we have outlined support that the government is providing for employees to protect their jobs and livelihoods.
Guidance for employees impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
There will be a significant impact on employees and the self-employed who are asked to self-isolate if they have symptoms of the virus, or if others in their household do, or if they take time off sick with the virus. Every person who takes these steps helps ensure lives are saved and that must be supported.
The Government guidance for employees linked below includes the following:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job
- Guidance and support for employees during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits
- New Style Employment and Support Allowance
The overall advice is provided here and will be updated as new advice is provided.
All business and self-employed advice can be found here.
In order to support workers, the government is increasing the standard allowance of Universal Credit by £20/week. The Government is relaxing the Minimum Income Floor, opening it to all self-employed workers to help them at this time. This will reflect the loss they have sustained as a result of social-distancing and self-isolation guidance in relation to COVID-19.