As your MP, Emily is still here for you. Emily cannot hold her regular constituency advice surgeries, but you can contact our office by email with any concerns about your own situation, or about the government’s approach.

Get in touch at: emily.thornberry.mp@parliament.uk

You can also still call our advice line. Please see the contact page for further details.

We Are Islington – For those of you who are currently isolated or feeling under particular stress, or who want to volunteer to help others, please call We Are Islington on: 0207 527 8222. They are doing wonderful work to support our most vulnerable residents.

The Coronavirus crisis is also causing severe financial hardship to many people, but if you are in one of the following categories, there may be some assistance available via the government that may help.

Workers who are at risk of being laid off should see if they can participate in the Job Retention (or Furlough) scheme. From 1 November 2020, the scheme guarantees 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The Government recently announced that the Job Retention Scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021 but say that they will review the scheme again in January 2021. Google ‘Job Retention Scheme’ to find the government web page.

Self-employed people who cannot work may be able to claim up to 80% of their average income, provided their self-assessment form was submitted for tax year 2018-19, and they continue to trade in 2019/20. The Government announced that this scheme has been extended for six months. There will be two further grants for three-month periods, covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.  You can check if you are eligible by Googling ‘Self Employment Income Support Scheme’.

Anyone suffering from financial hardship should consider claiming Universal Credit; you won’t need to show you’re sick or looking for work, as you would do normally; the rate has been increased by 20% for this financial year; and there is extra help for renters.

Existing Universal Credit claimants will get these benefits automatically. Non-claimants should Google ‘Universal Credit’ to start their claim online. Or you can call 0800 328 5644, but expect a long queue.

Local business owners may be eligible for a Local Restriction Support Grant. This additional support package for businesses was announced by the Government as part of the national lockdown, starting on 5 November. Visit the business section on Islington Council’s website for details or Google ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant’.

You can also Google ‘Government Business Support’ for details of the central government advice service, and potential loans, tax relief and cash grants you can claim.

 

 

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