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 have been laid off should see if they can participate in the Job Retention (or Furlough) scheme, which guarantees 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. The scheme is back dated to 1 March and is currently extended until the end of October. 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. You can now check if you are eligible to make a claim and will get given a date you can make a claim from. Google ‘Self Employment Income Support Scheme’ for full details.

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 with a rateable value of less than £51,000 may be eligible for grants from Islington Council, and many shops and restaurants will have their business rates reduced or cancelled altogether. Visit the business section on Islington Council’s website for details.

You should 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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