Benefits and debt advice - coronavirus update

Loss of work or reduced hours

The Government’s Job Retention scheme now runs until 31 April 2021. This ‘Furlough’ scheme supports employees who can't work during COVID-19 restrictions.

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) assists businesses that are forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions and will pay 80% of staff salary up to £2,100 per month.

People who can work at least one third of their hours will be supported financially by the JSS with employers required to pay at least one third of salary.

This BBC Explainer gives more detail on how the JSS works.

Speak with your employer in the first instance to see if you are eligible.

Made redundant

For those made redundant, firms are still obliged to provide statutory and contractual payment to employees ‘let go’ through businesses cutting back on staff levels.

Find out about your redundancy rights on GOV.UK. You can read about your rights when faced with redundancy on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.

If you need more information or advice, Citizens Advice Edinburgh can be contacted on

0131 510 5510

Alternatively, the dispute resolution service ACAS helpline is

0808 100 1855

Self-employed and not earning enough

Support for the self-employed has been updated. Find details of the UK Government’s Income Support Scheme for the self-employed.

Universal Credit may be an option if your self-employed income has dropped. More information can be found at Universal Credit web page

The Government has temporarily removed the Minimum Income Floor and will calculate your Universal Credit based on your actual earnings. Normally if you’re self-employed and have low income levels, your Universal Credit payment may be calculated using an assumed level of earnings - a Minimum Income Floor. It’s based on what an employed person on minimum wage would expect to earn in similar circumstances. If you earn more than this, then your Universal Credit amount is based on your actual earnings.

Self-isolating due to COVID-19

If you have been instructed to self-isolate due to COVID-19 there may be financial help available to you if you are going to lose income from work.

Find out about and apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant on the Edinburgh Council website.

Statutory sick pay

View information about Statutory Sick Pay.

Phone redundancy payment

0330 331 0020.