Guidance on Assistance Available to Members and their Dependents during the COVID-19 Crisis

The CWU Research Department has produced a report click here  outline of the various processes and aid that may be available to members and their dependents during what may be for many extremely worrying times.

The report includes advice regarding the self-employment income scheme, mortgage and council tax holidays, renting arrangements and childcare. Also highlighted are the current gaps that exist in Government provision at this time.

In addition, the report contains information relating to the Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the current rules that apply to this arrangement (updated as of 14th April 2020). Branches should note that dialogue is continuing with the business to assess the potential of CWU members (who are on reduced or no pay) qualifying for payment under this scheme. It is hoped that colleagues will find this information useful if they have family members or dependants who have been furloughed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Further updates on this issue will be provided in due course.

We hope the information will aid and assist members and families at this difficult time. It should however be noted that the information contained is for guidance only as qualification for any form of assistance is dependent on an individual(s) personal circumstances.

CWU Research Dept Report

Posted: 17th April 2020

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