Because of Coronavirus we’re being asked to limit contact with others.
People are being asked to work from home if they can. Others are being laid off or are worried about getting paid or getting benefits.
Parents have kindly shared their experience of Life in Lockdown with us. You can read 'Lives in lockdown; parents' accounts here.
Here are some places to find answers to your questions.
The UK Government has asked those who can work from home to do so. There’s information here about your rights when working from home.
Employers don’t usually allow their staff to work from home and look after children at the same time. But employers may relax their rules for now.
If you can:
There’s good advice around about working from home.
Your employer may temporarily shut your workplace down or tell you that there's no work for you. If this happens, the Government has started a scheme called the Job Retention Scheme so that you can still get paid. The scheme has been extended to October to ensure employees are covered and do not return to work until safe to do so.
One Parent Families Scotland has put together some of the questions they’re being asked on their helpline about what’s happening about work and benefits. You can also use their webchat to ask your own questions or phone the OPFS helpline 0808 801 0323 (weekdays 9.30am to 4pm).
The UK Government recently expanded Statutory Sick Pay. You can check whether you are entitled to Sick Pay here.
If you are self isolating and need a sick note for your employer, you can download a form from the NHS.
Self-employed people and small businesses may find that their work is being cancelled or that they can’t keep trading.
The Government has started a grant scheme which will cover some (but not all) self employed people; you can find more information about it here
GOV.UK’s Covid 19 hub has links to sick pay, business rates and difficulty paying tax.
The Federation of Small Businesses has Coronavirus advice and guidance for small businesses.
The Working Families helpline can advise on all aspects of employment for working families.
The One Parent Families Scotland helpline can advise about work and benefits.
HMRC helpline can help and advise businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax because of Coronavirus: 0800 0159 559.
People claiming benefits may be worried about how they’ll be affected.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has information about what’s happening with benefit claims.
The Scottish Government has temporarily changed eligibility for a number of Scottish benefits: pregnancy and baby payment; early learning payment; school age payment; young carer grant and the funeral support payment.
This to help people who are impacted by Coronavirus and can't get an application in on time. For more information and to apply for these benefits go to Social Security Scotland website.
Many families were living in poverty even before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and it's likely that many more families will have little or nothing to live on and bills and debts to pay. There’s some help for families and others.
Make sure you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to. You can do this through the Scottish Government’s Money Talk
The Scottish Welfare Fund helps those on low incomes in Scotland through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.
Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund can provide cash grants to help families with children cope with the impact of the Coronavirus.