Here's the latest from government and associate sources on employment and finance rights during the Coronavirus pandemic

  • If you are currently employed with usual earnings of over £118 per week (before tax) and are currently unable to go to work, therefore, are not being paid, you may be able to claim Statuary Sick Pay (SSP). You can make a claim if you are either infected with the virus or choosing to self-isolate to protect others due to symptoms. Check if you're entitled to sick pay with your employer as they may pay more.
  • The Government has introduced a measure to ensure SSP is paid from the first day of sickness as opposed to day four; you can claim from the first day you are self-isolating you will not need to wait four days.
  • If you are unable to claim SSP due to becoming unemployed/not earning an average of £118 a week previously, you may be able to claim Universal Credit orEmployment and Support Allowance (ESA)because of coronavirus, you will not be required to produce a Fit Note. If you are affected by coronavirus you will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month’s advance upfront without physically attending a Jobcentre.
  • The Chancellor has announced the state will pay grants covering up to 80% of the salary of workers kept on by companies, up to a total of £2,500 per month, just above the median monthly income- We are awaiting information of when this support will become available and how employers can apply for relief.
  • Universal Credit Standard Allowance for the next 12 months shall increase by £1,000.

Please note, at Create Jobs we're equipped to help young people get jobs and paid work in the creative industries but if you need support with any of the above, your best bet is to speak to the pros. For any help and support, please checkout the useful links below or contact:

Turn2Us: 0808 802 2000

Citizens Advice: 03444 111 444

HMRC: 0800 0159 559

*This information is subject to change and is relevant as of 7pm Fri 20 March and information is changing daily. To ensure you have the most up to date information please check gov.uk/coronavirus