We understand that these are worrying and confusing times for many employed people in Middlesbrough. The government, Middlesbrough Council, and other trusted organisations are here to offer practical support and free advice to help employees get through the situation.
Employment and financial support is available to you:
- All non-essential premises are now closed. If your workplace has had to temporarily close, the government is offering financial support through the 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' for employers who keep their staff employed. You can find out more about the scheme, and whether it applies to you and your employer, on the GOV.UK website.
- You may be able to claim Universal Credit to help with your living costs. The government has a step by step guide to help you through the process.
- If you're ill or need to self-isolate because you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get Statutory Sick Pay of £94.25 per week. Find out if, and how, you can make a claim.
- If you need time off work to look after someone who depends on you, ACAS has advice about the options available to you.
- If you have a disability or health condition which affects how much you can work, you may be entitled to Employment and Support Allowance.
- Find out what to do if your hours have been cut or you have been laid off work
If you're classed as a Key Worker, your work is crucial to the coronavirus response. Thank you for your efforts. People currently classed as Key Workers include:
- health and social care workers
- education and childcare workers
- workers who deliver key public services and key frontline services
- local and national government workers
- food and goods workers
- public safety and national security workers
- transport workers
- utilities, communications, and financial service workers