Guidance for Employees

The government has announced a package of measures to protect jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to Coronavirus, COVID-19. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance for employees, which is broken down into the following sections:

  • Staying at home. If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the stay at home guidance for more information.
     
  • Sick pay. You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine. To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.
     
  • Furloughed workers. If your employer intends to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they will discuss with you becoming classified as a furloughed worker. This would mean that you are kept on your employer’s payroll, rather than being laid off. To qualify for this scheme, you should not undertake work for them while you are furloughed. This will allow your employer to claim a grant of up to 80% of your wage for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
     
  • Claiming benefits. Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit. From 6 April the government is increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating. This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants.

The full guidance for employees is available here.

See Also

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Scams

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Many of us are feeling more vulnerable than we normally would. Criminals are playing on this for their own financial gain.

Guidance for the Self-Employed

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Renters and landlords

In response to the financial impact of the Coronavirus  the Government has announced a package of protections for renters and landlords.

Support for Businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support businesses during the disruption caused by COVID-19.

The package includes:

Supporting Those Most In Need

A huge number of people across the Two Cities have volunteered to help those in need across London. You can find out more how you can help here.

Travel Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March. 

Two Cities Business Directory

Since the beginning of the pandemic, local MP Nickie Aiken has been keen to promote services and facilities available to people living in the Two Cities.

Volunteering in the Cities of London & Westminster

Hundreds have of local people have already offered their time to both Westminster City Council and the City of London Corporation to help them look after our constituency’s most vulnerable. Both authorities though are still looking for more volunteers if you would like to get involved.