Financial Support & Advice
The government is outlining their response COVID-19. The Chancellor has provided statements on how the government intends to support businesses and workers. The support and information available is constantly being updated. This page will be updated as we new information is released.
Updated 08:00, 26 March
Key measures to date announced include:
- The Government scheme will allow people who are self-employed claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.
- If you are experiencing financial difficulties meeting your mortgage repayments because of COVID-19, you may be entitled to a mortgage or rental holiday for 3 months. This includes if you are a landlord whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19. If you are a tenant experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, the government will ensure you do not face the threat of eviction for at least 3 months.
- The Government will pay 80% of the salary of staff who are kept on by their employer and would otherwise face redundancy covering wages of up to £2,500 a month
- The Minimum Income Floor in Universal Credit will be suspended ‘for everyone affected by the economic impacts of coronavirus’. Self employed people can access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay for employees (approximately £95 per week).
- Employment and Support Allowance will be payable for people directly affected by COVID-19 or self-isolating according to government advice from the first day of sickness, rather than the eighth day.
- People will be able to claim UC and access advance payments where they are directly affected by COVID-19 (or self-isolating), without the current requirement to attend a jobcentre.
- The next HMRC self-assessment payments will be deferred until January 2021.
- Introducing ‘Time to Pay’ arrangements – a time-limited deferral period on HMRC liabilities owed and a pre-agreed time period to pay these back – for businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax
- HMRC has set up a dedicated COVID-19 helpline to help those in need, and they may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement.
- HMRC will also waive late payment penalties and interest where a business experiences administrative difficulties contacting HMRC or paying taxes due to COVID-19.
- A new, temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, to support businesses to access bank lending (loans of up to £1.2 million) and overdrafts. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan.
- The proposed rollout of IR35 to the private sector in April has been postponed for one year as a result of COVID-19.
Links and places for further information
Organisations providing help and suppport
We are putting together a list of organisations that may be able to offer both mental and or financial help for students suffering as a result of the COVID-19 situation. As the situations changes the support and grants offered may change.
Support for mental health
NHS Every Mind Matters – help and advice for looking after your mental health whilst following guidelines to stay at home
Save the Student – has a section on self-isolating at University
Support for financial assistance