Friday 07 August 2020
This morning we published a press release revealing parents, carers and disabled people are at least twice as likely to face redundancy.
Parents, carers and disabled people in the UK are ‘twice as likely to lose job’ as a result of Covid-19
Our press release on redundancy has been picked up in Telegraph, Sky News, Financial Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Metro, and Guardian. It reveals that parents, carers and disabled people in the UK are ‘twice as likely to lose job’ as a result of Covid-19.
Director of External Affairs Katie Martin spoke to the Today Programme at 06:42 this morning, Katie said: “We’ve been seeing case after case of people coming to Citizens Advice for help around redundancy – in particular, selection for redundancy and potential questions around discrimination.”
“So we’re helping somebody about once every two minutes at the moment and visits to our advice pages on selection for redundancy have doubled in the last couple of months. We’ve also conducted some polling that suggests that disabled people, parents, carers and those people who have previously been shielding are more than twice as likely to be at risk of redundancy as other workers. It is a really, really concerning trend and something that we feel really needs to be addressed.”
Principal Policy Manager Morgan Wild also spoke to Sky News (06:50), and Tom Godwin from Citizens Advice Plymouth spoke to BBC Radio Devon (07:42).
Redundancy pay: everything you need to know
Good Housekeeping UK, 04/08/2020, Caroline Bloor
Good Housekeeping provides advice on being made redundant. Tracey Moss, senior employment expert at Citizens Advice says: “A genuine redundancy is one where your employer has a real business reason to make you redundant, such as it doesn’t need you to do your job any more, your workplace is closing or your employer is going out of business or needs fewer employees. Cases where your redundancy might not be genuine include if your employer has discriminated, for example if they make you redundant because you’re pregnant or on maternity leave.”
Coronavirus in Wales: Tenants to get six months’ notice for evictions
Many private landlords in Wales will now need to give six months’ notice before evicting tenants, under a change to the law due to the pandemic. The Welsh Government said the temporary law meant fewer people would face homelessness while councils were less able to respond.
Citizens Advice Cymru had called for the three-month period to be extended to six in July. It said calls for help with rent doubled during lockdown, with 1,037 between 24 March and 23 June this year, compared to 497 during the same period last year.
Citizens Advice on hand to help those excluded from government’s Job Retention Scheme
BBC Radio Cumbria, Vicky Warham, 06/08/2020, (3 hours 15 minutes and 20 seconds in)
Dan Abel from Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden speaks to BBC Radio Cumbria about government support packages. Dan says the service is seeing a lot of self-employed people and new starters who are excluded from the scheme.
New service launches to help with backlog of EU citizen settlements
Northern Echo, 06/08/2020, Alexa Fox
Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire has launched its EU Settlement Support Service across the Hambleton district.
Carol Shreeve CEO of Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire said: “We are delighted to be able to roll out the EU Settlement support service across Hambleton as we have seen a spike in people needing our assistance with settlement over the last six months.”
“The Coronavirus has seen many people’s priorities shift as we have seen a rise in redundancies and debt so it was vital that we got this service up and running as soon as possible.
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