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Support for work, benefits and housing during isolation

You might be feeling anxious or uncertain about how your work, benefits or housing will be affected by coronavirus.

Here are some ways to find guidance and support:


Support for employees


The UK Government website has coronavirus guidance for employees. This information includes details of Statutory Sick Pay and other things your employer may be able to do to help.

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service) also has information about coronavirus for employers and employees. This includes guidance on sick pay and taking time off to look after a child or other dependent.



Support for businesses and employers


If you are an employer or involved in running a business, you may find this coronavirus guidance helpful:

UK Government coronavirus guidance for businesses and employers, in English.


There is also information about what support is available for businesses:

UK Government information on what support is available for businesses, in English.


This guidance includes information on sick pay and absences, as well as support for businesses, including the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service) also has information about coronavirus for employers and employees. This includes guidance on sick pay and taking time off to look after a child or other dependent.



Claiming benefits

The UK government website has information about coronavirus and claiming benefits.

It includes guidance on Statutory Sick Pay and Universal Credit, as well as information on changes to Job Centre appointments and assessments for health and disability-related benefits.


Support for housing problems


You may be worried about how coronavirus could affect your housing situation. This might including concerns about rent or mortgage payments, or if you were planning to move house. Or you may have already had a difficult housing situation, which could be harder to deal with if you are staying at home more than usual. There are several places you may be able to get help, including: 


General support and advice


Citizens Advice offers free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including information about benefits, money and work.

You can call them on:


Or visit the Citizens Advice website: 

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451