DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 21 August 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements

New help on offer from Access to Work

The Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The extension to the scheme means that:

  • Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from home.
  • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable can get new applications for grant funding fast-tracked.
  • Funding can now cover taxi fares and public transport costs if a health condition prevents you from travelling on public transport during the pandemic.

You can find out more about the Access to Work scheme on GOV.UK. Our factsheet for customers has also been updated.

‘Please give me space’ social distancing badge

New resources have been designed to help anyone who may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining a safe, social distance during the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘Please give me space’ badge is being introduced for people to wear when they go out, to signal to others around them that they need to pay attention and give space to the wearer.

Wearing the badge is completely optional.

Inclusive recruitment support

Recruiting from a diverse range of backgrounds has a number of business benefits. Now more than ever, considering candidates from a wider talent pool can bring the skills needed.

We have produced guidance, case studies and information about how employers can attract, recruit and retain people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Extra support for working families affected by coronavirus

Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020.

Child Trust Funds – find your provider

Child Trust Funds (CTFs) were originally set up for children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011, with a live Child Benefit claim in the UK, providing them with a pot of money at 18 to encourage a savings habit.

Approximately 6 million CTF accounts were opened during this time. The earliest recipients of the funds will be able to claim from September 2020. People can find out whether they have a CTF, and where it’s held, on GOV.UK.