CAB News 19 June 2020
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.
Average ‘shielding’ worker has lost £1,400 during coronavirus lockdown, figures reveal
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)
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 Echo, Express and Star, Grantham Matters, Maldon Standard, Shields Gazette, Southern Daily Echo and Tamworth Informed.
How can we stand together against scams?
Which?, 18/06/2020, Alex Smith
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
Over a third of British adults (36%) have been the target of a scam since lockdown began, new research by Citizens Advice reveals.
Experts call for action to mitigate massive pandemic job losses
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.”
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
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.”
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