Government job support schemes for employees

Details of the extended furlough scheme (job retention scheme) enabling workers to retain their jobs and be paid 80% of their salary up to £2500 per month and other support schemes. 

Claiming Universal Credit (benefits) Tel: 0800 328 5644 

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs and is paid monthly. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work. 

Citizens Advice on benefits

Check what benefits you can claim and whether any benefits have changed because of Covid

Trussell Trust information on benefits and other financial help

Broad range of advice and help from the national charity. Being updated daily 

Worthing Council Housing Benefit and Council Tax support 

Tel: 01903 221062

Housing benefit and Council Tax Support details and how to apply

NHS Low Income Scheme

NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS)

If you have a low income, you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS). The scheme covers: prescription costs; dental costs; healthcare travel costs; wigs and fabric supports

The Money Advice Service

Tel: 0800 138 7777

Not specifically Covid related advice but general advice on managing household money issues from an independent source

Money Junction One Stop Support Adur & Worthing

Tel 01903 221400

Local service supported by WBC to provide help for anyone struggling with managing their money

Free School Meals

Apply for free school meals here and information about instant school meals for all children in Reception, Year1 and 2 in Government-funded schools

West Sussex Affordable Energy

Tel: 01273 263307

Help for people needing repairs or adaptations to their homes who can’t afford it or are not sure how to go about it.  Provides help organising contractors and accessing grant funding. 

Energise Sussex Coast

Your energy supply during the Covid 19 crisis – Advice and Information Links

Another source of information to help reduce energy costs during the Covid lockdown

Worthing Credit Union for affordable loans

Boom! is a credit union giving local people access to fair and affordable loans, savings accounts and prepaid cards

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