DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 12 June 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements

A Good Place to Start – new resource for jobseekers

With 2.3 million new claims to Universal Credit and many more people feeling uncertain about their futures, we have launched two practical online support platforms through our new ‘Good Place to Start’ campaign.

jobhelp offers essential advice to those looking for work, on which sectors are recruiting now, how to make the best of transferable skills and how to secure a new role. employerhelp offers business advice on recruiting including the matching service Find a Job.

We have produced a jobhelp stakeholder toolkit and an employerhelp stakeholder toolkit. You’ll find emails, newsletter content and social media posts you can use to share the message in your own channels.

New British Sign Language (BSL) videos

We have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay.

You can view these videos on the DWP YouTube Sign channel.

Videos about Access to Work, PIP, Carer’s Allowance and Child Maintenance will be added soon.

Extra funding for debt advice providers in England

An extra £37.8 million support package will be available to debt advice providers in England this year (20-21) so they can continue to provide essential services to help more people who are struggling with their finances due to coronavirus, minsters have announced.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), will oversee the allocation of the funds, including to charities, for debt advice and other money guidance services.

The support package, which will bring the MaPS budget for debt advice to over £100 million this financial year, will help providers to deliver advice to more people in England who may be experiencing financial problems due to coronavirus.

New funding for local authorities

An additional £63 million has been confirmed by government to be distributed to local authorities in England to help those who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to coronavirus.

Local authorities are already working hard to support those who are vulnerable and this additional funding will contribute to that work.

Further protection for renters

The suspension of evictions from social or private rented accommodation in England and Wales has been extended by 2 months until 23 August.

New court rules will also ensure vulnerable renters will be protected when the suspension of evictions ends.