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
As part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, the Scottish Government is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is in recognition of the additional pressure carers are under as a result of the ongoing pandemic. If approved by parliament, around 83,000 eligible Scottish carers will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June. As with the current supplement, they will not need to do anything to get this extra payment as it will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. This would mean that carers receive an additional £690.30 this year on top of their Carer’s Allowance and any other income.
Shettleston’s award winning Growing Project has been awarded over £118K by the National Lottery Community Fund, to allow it continue its work for another three years. The award will allow it to continue to: help local people grow food for their families, get children involved through the Smelly Welly Club after-school and holiday programme, run a volunteer programme, work with local schools and deliver special events for the whole community. Exciting new work the Project will be getting involved in will be helping to establish a community pantry in the local area that will give people access to low cost food, including fresh fruit and vegetables. Shettleston Housing Association was instrumental in getting SCGP off the ground in the first place and has continued to support it as a valuable community asset. Next year will be the SCGP’s 10th anniversary so the Lottery funding is a great boost in the run up to its big year.
At the moment, of necessity, many of the SCGP’s activities are suspended due to the Coronavirus lockdown. In the meantime they are continuing to keep the site in good shape and growing their crops so that things can be picked up quickly when allowed to do so. If you would like to get in touch with the Growing Project, contact Jane McBride on 763 2821.
From 17 March 2020 until 17 June 2020 there will be no face-to-face assessments for ESA (Employment Support Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment). The assessment provider should contact claimants to explain what will happen next and the assessment will either be paper based, or carried out over the phone.
Until 24 June 2020 no reviews will be carried out for ESA or PIP. So, if your condition deteriorates and you are in the Work Related Activity Group and think you should be in the Support Group (ESA claimants) or you think you are entitled to a higher rate (PIP claimants), it is very important that you request a review to ensure you receive the maximum arrears when the situation returns to normal.
When you claim ESA you will be entitled from the first day of sickness i.e. there are no waiting days. You will be treated as having Limited Capability for Work (LCW) and will not have to submit fit notes or undergo a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
If your PIP is due to expire in the next 3 months you will continue to be paid at your current rate for a period up to another 6 months. For further information or assistance, contact our welfare benefits team on 0141 763 0511
If you are unable to get out and about as you may be shielding or vulnerable, a voluntary group called ‘Covid-19 Support Glasgow North East’ may be able to help you with things like:
- Grocery deliveries
- Medication collection and delivery
- Dog walking
- a friendly supportive chat
- help using online tools
The team of volunteers is available 9am – 9pm, seven days a week, and can be reached as follows:
Phone: 0141 474 6617 (9am-9pm)
A helpline has opened for those at high risk of coronavirus who don’t have existing support or internet access.
If you’re 70+, pregnant, a disabled person, receive the flu jab for medical reasons, or access mental health services, you can call:
📞 0800 111 4000 (9am – 5pm)
You can still access CAS services and advice online via their website, and you can also call their new helpline number for support over the phone. In particular, if you are worried about not working and paying the bills, you can access information on their website here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/debt-and-money/if-you-cant-pay-your-bills-because-of-coronavirus/
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is experiencing extremely busy phone lines – please do not call them about your claim, they will call you if needed. Make your claim and any updates to your claim online via your journal, and the DWP will call you as soon as they can if they need to verify your application. The number they call from may appear as 0800, or private/withheld, but to satisfy yourself that the call is genuine, DWP staff will:
– contact the customer via their Universal Credit Journal advising that DWP will be calling soon
– provide the customer with the last three digits of their unique Universal Credit account code/number
– provide the customer with the last three digits/letters of their postcode.
Please avoid calling DWP and use your online journal instead where possible, as they are trying to free up capacity to be able to call claimants.
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/…/don-t-call-us-we-ll-call-you
A new helpline for people in Glasgow seeking support during the Covid-19 crisis has been launched by public and voluntary sector partners. The helpline is for members of the public seeking help, such as food delivery or mental health support, and for charities who need support with offering a service to communities.
The helpline is a partnership between Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership. Calls will be answered by staff from all these bodies, and from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
The helpline has three main aims;
- Helping people in need: Putting those who need help and support, in touch with a charity or community group in their area
- Volunteers: Connecting people who want to volunteer with organisations and groups that are looking for extra help
- Advice for charities and community organisations:Providing expert advice on the practical issues they face during the Covid-19 crisis, such as advice on HR, using digital methods of communication and accessing funding.
Contacting the Helpline
The new helpline has been set up to act as a single point of contact for anyone seeking or offering help. The helpline is currently open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm and can be contacted by:
Telephone: 0141 345 0543
If you would like advice or help with an energy issue in an Association property, please call our reception on 763 0511.
The current crisis may mean that some of you are worried about energy supply and bills. To assist you, we have put together some useful advice, including details of how to contact the big energy suppliers and how to access information about your supplier.
The government has agreed new emergency measures with the energy industry to protect the energy supply of those most in need during the disruption caused by COVID-19.
Customers with pre-payment meters who may not be able to add credit can speak to their supplier about options to keep them supplied. This will benefit over 4 million customers. This could include nominating a third party for credit top ups, having a discretionary fund added to their credit, or being sent a pre-loaded top up card so that their supply is not interrupted.
During these challenging times, energy suppliers are advising Pay As You Go customers to top up their meters with more credit than usual, if possible. If you are having to self-isolate, the suppliers are asking that a family or friend top up for you, alternatively, you can contact your supplier if there is no one that can assist you.
In general, any energy customer in financial distress will also be supported by their supplier, which could include debt repayments and bill payments being reassessed, reduced or paused where necessary, while disconnection of credit meters will be completely suspended.
All suppliers are asking customers to register for an online account if they don’t already have one, and to visit their website for non-urgent issues. You are advised to only contact your supplier by phone if there is an emergency e.g. a loss of supply or you are struggling financially. You can contact your supplier using the details below:
|Energy supplier||PAYG customers Off supply||Credit customers Emergencies||Please visit website for non-emergency queries|
|Scottish Power||0141 652 5550||0800 027 0072||https://community.scottishpower.co.uk/t5/Extra-Help/Coronavirus-COVID-19-information-for-ScottishPower-customers/ta-p/15029#pp2|
|Scottish Gas||0333 202 9802||0333 202 9802||https://www.britishgas.co.uk/covid19|
|SSE||0345 026 2658 Option 1, option 2||0345 026 2658 Option 2 Option 2||https://sse.co.uk/help/coronavirus-questions-and-answers|
|Eon||0345 301 5955||0345 302 4304||https://www.eonenergy.com/coronavirus-update.html|
|EDF||0333 200 5100||0333 200 5100||https://www.edfenergy.com/coronavirus-advice|
|Npower||0330 100 3000||0330 100 3000||https://www.npower.com/help-and-support/coronavirus/|
|Utilita||0330 333 7442||0330 333 7442||https://utilita.co.uk/help/covid-19|
GHeat are a group of energy advisors that can offer energy advice to anyone living in Glasgow, contact them on 0800 092 9002 or visit g-heat.org.uk.
Home Energy Scotland are impartial energy advice centre for anyone living in Scotland, for assistance please call 0808 808 2282 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.
Money Saving Expert is also a very useful resource for energy bill advice and other financial information and advice. You can access the advice here https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/
Get in Touch
Shettleston Housing Association
Helen McGregor House,
65 Pettigrew Street,
Glasgow G32 7XR.
0141 763 0511
Repairs: 0808 202 6565 (Freephone)
Texting service: 07407 492606