CAB News 26 June 2020

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CAB News 26 June 2020

Friday 26 June 2020

Our comment on suspending the job seeking requirement attached to benefits claimants for those shielding has been used in The Independent.

National

Employment

People could be forced to take on jobs that place health at risk as suspension on benefit sanctions set to end

The Independent, 25/06/2020, May Bulman

People could be forced to take on work that places their health at risk or face losing their benefits as the government’s suspension to job-seeking requirements for benefit claimants is set to come to an end.

Dame Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said a suspension on job-seeking requirements for people facing particular barriers would be the “right thing to do”, to avoid causing people stress and worry about potential sanctions.

“Many people who’ve had to claim benefits as a result of coronavirus will be hoping to get back to work as soon as possible. But given the economic climate, it could be a long time before job-hunting is business as usual,” she added.

“Some in particular, such as those who’ve been shielding and parents, could face an uphill struggle to find suitable work.”

Welfare

Citizens Advice provides redundancy support once every two minutes

BBC Radio 4, Money Box Live, 24/06/2020, (22 minutes 30 seconds in)

Principal Policy Manager Minesh Patel explains that Citizens Advice is currently supporting one person every two minutes on redundancy issues.

Minesh continued that when it came to welfare, people’s main concerns were around the application process and how much they were eligible to.

Benefits

Raise benefits for those not yet on Universal Credit, MPs demand

Mirror, 22/06/20

Ministers should raise rates for “legacy benefits”, according to the Work and Pensions Committee.

In a report, the committee said it was “unacceptable” that people have been left to face hardship without the equivalent help “simply because of
the outdated and complex way in which so-called legacy benefits are administered”.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Dame Gillian Guy said “we strongly urge” the Government to accept the recommendations, warning “it’s been
people in the most vulnerable circumstances who’ve been hardest hit” by the crisis.

Scams

From fake lockdown fines to bogus giveaways, shield your savings from coronavirus scams as fraudsters pounce

BBCDaily ExpressThe Sun, 21/06/20

Bradford Council Advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19) scams ...

 Local Citizens Advice offices up and down the country have also continued to secure great coverage on our national scams awareness campaign.

The latest coverage includes, Bournemouth Echo, BBC Newcastle (clip starts 2:22) BBC Oxford (clip starts 50:24), Carlisle News and Star, Derby Telegraph, In Your Area, LBC, Newton News, Wells Voice and Wrexham Leader.

Regional

Scams Awareness

Local Citizens Advice publicise scams campaign

Derbyshire Times [page 34],Barrow North West Evening Mail [page 11], Redditch Standard, Stray FM, MidSussex Times [page 21], 26/06/2020

Local Citizens Advice achieve great local coverage for this year’s Scams Awareness campaign.

Funding

Power firm donates more than £19,000 for Covid-19 relief, including £5,000 to charity with base in Boston

Boston Standard, 25/06/2020, David Seymour

Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire has been given £5,000 of funding from Western Power Distribution.

Sally Pygott, project development team leader, said: “The funding has enabled us to purchase mobile phones and keep them topped up for advisers helping clients via Adviceline, as well as buying a couple of new screens and laptops for advisers who were using their own computer equipment at home.”

Support

Council Supports The Local Armed Forces Community

Hu17, 22/06/20

Citizens Advice Hull & East Riding is providing tailored support for those in the armed forces.

Katherine Nickolds at Hull & East Riding Citizens Advice, said: “The integrated nature of this service ensures serving personnel and veterans are helped holistically and the one-stop-shop approach means they don’t need to repeat the complexity of their lives to multiple advice staff or agencies.

“This means they are less likely to fall ‘between the gaps’ of statutory and charitable service provision.”

Mental health

‘Failed and forgotten’ – are a generation of our children being let down?

Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury, 20/06/20

Young people face barriers to accessing support for mental health ...

Citizens Advice Norfolk has featured in a special report into the provision of support for Norfolk’s children.

Alyssa Girvan, digital coordinator for Citizens Advice Norfolk, has produced a film about the experience of young people waiting for mental health support.

She said: “Young people’s mental health really is quite dire, particularly in lockdown when gate keepers for mental health are often in schools.”

In other news

Consumers are being warned about a sharp rise in coronavirus-related holiday scams.

The story of the UK’s coronavirus jobs crisis in six charts.

Coronavirus shielding scheme to be eased in England from 6 July.

Poorer households funding lockdown with debt, says think tank.


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