COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

The information relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is being updated at a rapid rate, and so, rather than keep re-writing the information on my website, here are links to reputable sources of advice:

The Government’s official advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

It includes guidance for employers and businesses, stay-at-home guidance, travel advice and advice for health professionals.

Guidance on social distancing: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Community Support

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK – “a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.” – https://covidmutualaid.org/

Offering support from your business – Use this service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus. – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business

Advice relating to healthcare

Government Whatsapp service: 07860064422

NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Age UK: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/

Asthma UK: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/

Cancer Research: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer

Citizens’ Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Diabetes UK: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

MIND ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/

Advice relating to employment, businesses and benefits

ACAS – information for advice for employers and employees: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Health & Safety Executive: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

Information Commissioner: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-coronavirus/

Coronavirus and claiming benefits: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Federation of Small Businesseshttps://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Coronavirus Financial Support for employers, self-employed and employees: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/ 

Support for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Turn2Us – Benefits and Coronavirus: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-new

Universal Credithttps://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Education

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Local advice and organisations

Rochdale Borough Council: http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/Pages/coronavirus.aspx 

Rochdale Action Togetherhttps://www.actiontogether.org.uk/ 

Hardship Funds

Coronavirus hardship fund for musicians: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/help-musicians-launches-5m-coronavirus-financial-hardship-fu

Travel Advice

Foreign Office Travel Advicehttps://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Supermarkets

Aldihttps://www.aldi.co.uk/covid19

Asdahttps://corporate.asda.com/20200309/steps-we-have-taken-in-response-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Icelandhttps://www.iceland.co.uk/customer-support/help-articles#coronavirus

Lidlhttps://www.lidl.com/coronavirus-update

Morrisonshttps://groceries.morrisons.com/content/important-update-on-coronavirus-94110

Sainsburyshttps://www.about.sainsburys.co.uk/news/latest-news/2020/feeding-the-nation-5

Tescohttps://www.tescoplc.com/news/2020/covid-19-a-message-to-our-customers-from-dave-lewis-tesco-ceo/

Utility Companies and Energy Consumption

British Gas: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/covid19

Ebico: https://ebico.org.uk/ebico-news/coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-announcement/

E.on: https://www.eonenergy.com/coronavirus-update.html

Scottish Power: https://www.scottishpower.com/news/pages/covid_19_update.aspx

Shell Energy: https://www.shellenergy.co.uk/service

United Utilities: https://www.unitedutilities.com/Coronavirus-update/

National Energy Action (NEA) runs the Warm and Safe Homes Advice Service which provides help to people who are struggling with their energy bills, as well as benefit advice and claim support.

If you are struggling with energy bills, as well as benefit advice and claim support, you can complete a National Energy Action (NEA) online referral form at www.nea.org.uk/advice/wash-advice

People who need support with benefits checks and claims can also call the NEA dedicated phone number 0800 138 8218.

NEA have also created some new resources for those who may be struggling with their energy bills. These are available at https://www.nea.org.uk/advice/help-during-the-covid-19-period

Banks, Building Societies and Money

Bank of Scotland: https://www.bankofscotland.co.uk/helpcentre/coronavirus.html

Barclays: https://www.barclays.co.uk/coronavirus/

Bradford and Bingley: https://www.bbg.co.uk/personal-support

HSBC: https://www.hsbc.co.uk/help/coronavirus/

Lloyds: https://www.lloydsbank.com/help-guidance/coronavirus.html

Money Advice Service: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

Natwest: https://personal.natwest.com/personal/support-centre/coronavirus.html

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/uk/smarthelp/article/paypal%E2%80%99s-response-to-the-coronavirus-(covid-19)-pandemic-&-faqs-faq4003?Z3JncnB0=

Royal Bank of Scotland: https://personal.rbs.co.uk/personal/support-centre/coronavirus.html

Santander: https://www.santander.co.uk/personal/coronavirus?icid=php-Hero-Coronavirus-0320