DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 19 June 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements


Easing of lockdown restrictions

Further changes to lockdown measures in England have been announced to help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs, providing they adhere to the Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines.

In addition, millions of people shielding from coronavirus have been advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. The updated guidance for those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will be published on GOV.UK as these measures come into force. Find out more.

Additional support for rough sleepers

Interim housing for thousands of rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic is to be provided.

An additional £105 million will be used to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness into tenancies of their own, including through help with deposits for accommodation, and securing thousands of alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation.

Domestic abuse campaign

The Home Office has produced translated materials on domestic abuse in the following languages: Welsh, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Mandarin, Farsi, Arabic, Somali, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Tamil and French.

People who are affected by domestic abuse may be harder to reach at this time and we really appreciate your support in raising awareness of this important message. Please help us reach as many people as possible by sharing materials through your channels.

Employability Day

We previously told you about our new labour market support campaign ‘Good Place to Start’ which has dedicated websites offering help and advice to jobseekers and employers.

As part of our focus on supporting people into work, we are taking part in Employability Day, which celebrates organisations and employers’ hard work supporting people to enter or progress in employment.