New Covid-19 restrictions in place in Glasgow for two weeks

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the West of Scotland, additional restrictions have been introduced for people living in three local authority areas; Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire. The new restrictions came into effect as of midnight on Tuesday 1st September, initially for a two week period.

The restrictions mean that people living in these areas:

  1. should not meet other households in indoor household settings, whether in these areas or elsewhere
  2. can continue to meet other households outside e.g. in gardens or hospitality
  3. should be extra vigilant and follow all guidance.

You can find more information here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-measures/

Remember if you have any #coronavirus symptoms, even if they’re mild, you need to self-isolate and book a test straight away –https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect?fbclid=IwAR1hsXOcgK081UiZbUfVsY0c0I-L0Yeg4JuTffZ6MzAsFiJQaRuedoVXRWI

Warm Home Discount applications open with many energy suppliers

The Warm Home Discount (WHD) is a Government scheme funded by energy suppliers. It’s designed to help lower income and vulnerable households with their energy costs during the winter.If you meet certain criteria, you may qualify to receive the Warm Home Discount payment of £140.

Applications for WHD now open with following suppliers:

British Gas: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy/energy-saving/warm-home-discount.html

Scottish Power: https://www.scottishpower.co.uk/whd.process?execution=e1s1

E-on: https://www.eonenergy.com/warm-home-discount.html

N-power: https://www.npower.com/help-and-support/extra-support/warm-home-discount/?AG=003&CH=PPC&REF=GOOGB&WT.mc_id=RESPPCGOOGB&WT.srch=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQVCXxszf-m8ILS7Kvg9YR56sHQn4cTqUYk8lVLPBB4ZGhmEwI7-0gYaAmybEALw_wcB

You can register your interest with following suppliers for WHD:

SSE: https://sse.co.uk/forms/warm-home-discount-register-interest/name

EDF energy: https://www.edfenergy.com/for-home/help-support/warm-home-discount

WHD still to open with E energy: https://www.e.org/support/warm-home-discount

WHD closed with Utilita: https://utilita.co.uk/help/warm-home-discount applications were accepted for one week from 5th of August.

Closed for bank holiday – reopening on 21st July

We are now closed for the Glasgow Fair bank holiday and we will resume our services at 9am on Tuesday 21st July 2020. Our office will remain closed to the public as before, however our staff will continue to deliver services remotely.

Update on disability benefits face to face assessments

The DWP announced on 6th July 2020:

• Face-to-face assessments to remain suspended, but kept under review

• Some review and reassessment activity to gradually resume from July 2020 for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

• People are encouraged not to delay making claims as all benefits remain open and telephone and paper based assessments are in place where appropriate.

This temporary suspension, initially brought in for three months to protect people from unnecessary risk of coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, will remain in place following a consideration of the latest public health guidance. date

Government’s Furlough Scheme extended until end of October 2020 but June 10th deadline for new furlough arrangements

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will now remain open until the end of October 2020 and furloughed workers across the UK can continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 per month. However, June 10th is the deadline for any new furlough arrangements to begin as workers must have completed three weeks on the scheme by June 30th. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time.  Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them – and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.  From August 2020, the level of government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work. That means that for June and July the government will continue to pay 80% of people’s salaries.  In the following months, businesses will be asked to contribute a share, but crucially individuals will continue to receive that 80% of salary covering the time they are unable to work.  For more information see www.Gov.UK or the Money Saving Expert website https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/employed-help-coronavirus-furlough