CAB News 19 June 2020

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CAB News 19 June 2020

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Friday 19 June 2020

Citizens Advice’s calls to protect those in the shielded group have been featured on the ITV Evening News, and coverage of the Scams Awareness campaign continues.

National

Coronavirus

Average ‘shielding’ worker has lost £1,400 during coronavirus lockdown, figures reveal

ITV.com, 19/06/2020

Citizens Advice found workers who are shielding at home have, on average, lost £1,400 since the start of lockdown.

Principal Policy Manager Morgan Wild spoke to ITV Evening News about the “impossible choice” facing many who are shielding. (Clip starts 18:24)

Scams

Hot tub scams: Watch out for dodgy listings and payment requests

Daily Mail, 18/06/20

The Daily Mail has reported that the number of people caught out in purchase scams when trying to buy hot tubs increased five-fold in May compared to the month before.

It included a warning from Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice.
She said: ” ‘We’ve seen thousands of people coming to our website for advice on scams during the coronavirus outbreak as opportunistic scammers take advantage of the public’s concerns.

“Worryingly one in three of us has been targeted by a scam since lockdown began. This shows it’s really important we all do our bit and report them when we see them.”

Local Citizens Advice offices up and down the country continue to secure great coverage on our national scams awareness week campaign. The latest coverage includes, Bracknell News, Dorset EchoExpress and StarGrantham Matters, Maldon Standard, Shields Gazette, Southern Daily Echo and Tamworth Informed.

Scams Awareness

How can we stand together against scams?

Which?, 18/06/2020, Alex Smith

Scams awareness - Bristol Older People's Forum

Alex Smith, Senior Campaigns & Public Affairs Officer for Citizens Advice writes for Which? on how organisations are working together to protect people from scams.

One in three Brits targeted by a scammer so far during lockdown

Mirror, LBC News & Yahoo, 16/06/20

Over a third of British adults (36%) have been the target of a scam since lockdown began, new research by Citizens Advice reveals.

The warning has been featured in many local papers and online: Aycliffe Today, BBC Essex (clip starts 1:09:52), Champ NewsNorthern Echo, Nottingham Post, Staffordshire CouncilTameside Reporter.

Redundancy

Experts call for action to mitigate massive pandemic job losses

Daily Mail, Independent live blog & Your Money, 16/06/20

Following the latest ONS employment release, Citizens Advice is warning of a surge in demand for redundancy advice.

In the latest press release, Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “In a heartbreaking sign of our times, our frontline advisers are helping one person every two minutes with a redundancy issue.”

Citizens Advice Rural Cambs featured on BBC Cambridgeshire (clip starts 00:43) and Wiltshire Citizens Advice featured on BBC Wiltshire (0:14) following the announcement.

The warning was also highlighted in Bude and Beyond and Slough and Langley Observer.

Work woes: Can you be made redundant while pregnant or on furlough?

The Sun, 15/06/2020

Redundancy rules cover many areas, such as discrimination, employment status and voluntary redundancy.

Matthew Bradbury, Employment Expert at Citizens Advice, has answered six of the most frequently asked employment questions.

Job Retention Scheme

Vulnerable Brits told to shield at home will not get any furlough cash
despite Boris Johnson’s assurance

Sky News & Sun, 14/06/2020

Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge quoted Citizens Advice’s research on the shielded group when interviewing Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

She said government guidance says if you’re told to shield after 10 June you can’t be furloughed, unless you’ve been furloughed before. She said: “Citizens Advice estimates over 70% of those shielding haven’t previously been furloughed, so these people may have to choose between following the advice or keeping their jobs.”

The issue was also highlighted by The Sun, which quoted Citizens Advice.

Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “It’s hugely disappointing that the Prime Minister seems to have backtracked on his promise to address the furlough cliff edge for those shielding.

“Without urgent changes, many people who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus will face an impossible choice: paying the bills or protecting their health.”

Test and Trace

Aid those self-isolating or test and trace will fail, Tory MPs warn

Guardian & Observer, 14/06/2020

Contact tracer reveals chaotic scenes behind Test and Trace scheme

The NHS test-and-trace system risks failing to contain future outbreaks unless those told to self-isolate are given urgent financial aid, the government is being warned by its own MPs and advisers.

Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “The government has taken bold steps to help many workers throughout the coronavirus crisis, but it needs to look again at how it can support people to do the right thing.”

In other news

A third of furloughed employees asked to work while firms get government handouts.

More than 600,000 UK workers lose their jobs amid lockdown.

‘Invisible’ unpaid carers going hungry in lockdown.