23 March 2020 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Last week chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a further package of measures to help workers as the government ordered the shutdown of entertainment, hospitality, leisure and other facilities.
He outlined the unprecedented set of measures to protect millions of people's jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to coronavirus.
A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help to pay people's wages. Employers will be able to contact HMRC for a grant to cover most of the wages of their workforce who remain on payroll but are temporarily not working during the coronavirus outbreak. Any employer in the country - small or large, charitable or non-profit - will be eligible for the scheme.
Universal Credit and tax credits will also be increased as part of an almost £7 billion welfare boost.
In other news, the IWFM published a Covid-19 guidance resource.
Outsourced NHS workers working for companies such as Serco and Interserve in the meantime have been granted full pay if sick.
Others, such as energy and utility staff, are still calling for recognition as key workers.