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Having problems getting your furlough pay?
18th February 2021

There are things you can do if you: haven’t had any furlough pay yet but think you should havethink you’ve been paid the wrong amountthink your employer is keeping your furlough pay and not giving it to you It’s a…

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I have been affected by Coronavirus, can I claim benefits?

You might be able to claim benefits or get more money on your current benefits if your work has been affected by coronavirus. This might be because you:  are earning less than usual – including if you’re self-employed have lost your…

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Coronavirus - being furloughed if you can’t work
2nd February 2021

Your employer might be able to use the government Coronavirus Job Retention scheme to pay you while you’re not working. This is known as being a ‘furloughed worker’. If your employer uses the scheme, you’ll be paid 80% of your…

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Coronavirus - if you need to be off work to care for someone
13th January 2021

You might be able to get help if you’re off work caring for someone who is normally looked after another way. This might be because your child’s school is closed, your child is self-isolating or an older person’s carer can’t come.…

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Coronavirus - getting benefits if you’re self-isolating

If you can’t work because you’re self-isolating, you might be able to get: a self-isolation support grant from your local councilStatutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employerEmployment and Support Allowance (ESA) from the government You can’t get SSP and ESA…

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Are you struggling to pay your rent?
4th June 2020

You should explain the situation to your landlord straight away – they might give you more time to pay. You still need to pay your rent. If you’ve fallen behind with your rent, you should start dealing with rent arrears. You…

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Struggling to pay your mortgage?

If you ask your mortgage provider, they might agree to pause your mortgage payments for 3 months. This is called a ‘payment deferral’. You can ask for a payment deferral for somewhere you live or somewhere you’ve bought to let.…

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If you're struggling to pay your bills

This includes things like your rent, mortgage, energy or council tax. Check what help you can get if you’re struggling to pay your bills.  You might be able to claim benefits, or get more money if you’re already getting benefits. This…

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Kinship Care and Coronavirus
27th April 2020

What is Kinship Care? All across Dumfries & Galloway, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends look after children because their biological parents are unable to do so. People who look after children in these circumstances are known as ‘Kinship Carers’.…

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What if an employee has more than one job? Can they still be furloughed?
23rd April 2020

Staff members can be furloughed from each job or furloughed from one and not the other. Contracts between the staff member and their respective employers are separate and so the scheme will apply separately. Each employer will only be able…

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Struggling to pay back money you owe?

If you’re worried about people you owe money to taking steps to get the money back or you’re thinking of applying for bankruptcy (sequestration), a protected trust deed or the debt arrangement scheme (DAS) you can apply for a moratorium,…

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I can’t go to work because I need to look after my child, but my boss is threatening to sack me if I don’t. What should I do?
21st April 2020

We would urge employers to take socially responsible decisions and listen to the concerns of their workforce – particularly when they have childcare responsibilities. Employers and employees should come to an agreement about these arrangements.. Employees who are unable to…

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My boss is forcing me to go to work but I’m scared of coronavirus. What should I do?

Employers must make all efforts to help people to work from home where possible, as this will help limit the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of contact between people. In some circumstances this may be impossible –…

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