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Announcements

Department for Work and Pensions

Restarting benefit repayments that were stopped because of coronavirus
DWP: 7 July 2020

Review and renewal activity to resume for PIP and DLA
DWP: 6 July 2020

Pension Credit claimants now able to apply online
DWP: 7 May 2020

Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement
DWP: 24 April 2020

New video service for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit
DWP: 20 April 2020

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway
DWP: 16 April 2020

Don't call us - we'll call you
DWP: 9 April 2020

Recovery of benefit overpayment suspended
DWP: 3 April 2020

Claimants asked to apply online as jobcentres limit access
DWP: 23 March 2020

Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended
DWP: 23 March 2020

COVID-19: DWP Update: Written statement
DWP: 17 March 2020

Face-to-face health assessments for benefits suspended amid coronavirus outbreak
DWP: 16 March 2020

Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses 
DWP: 13 March 2020

Sick pay from day one for those affected by coronavirus 
DWP: 4 March 2020

HMRC

Tax credits customers will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19
HMRC: 4 May 2020

Self-employed invited to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus (COVID-19) support
HMRC: 4 May 2020

HM Treasury

Government announces £1 billion investment in the DWP to ‘support millions of people back to work’
HM Treasury: 8 July 2020

Flexible furlough scheme starts today
HM Treasury: 1 July 2020

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough
HM Treasury: 9 June 2020

Almost £38 million support package for debt advice providers helping people affected by Coronavirus
HM Treasury: 9 June 2020

Chancellor extends Self-Employment Support Scheme and confirms furlough next steps
HM Treasury: 29 May 2020

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
HM Treasury: 19 May 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October
HM Treasury: 12 May 2020

Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
HM Treasury: 8 April 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June
HM Treasury: 17 April 2020

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March
HM Treasury: 15 April 2020

Further details of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced
HM Treasury: 27 March 2020

Chancellor gives support to millions of self-employed individuals
HM Treasury: 26 March 2020

Chancellor announces workers’ support package 
HM Treasury: 20 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak provides an updated statement on coronavirus 
HM Treasury: 20 March 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments
BEIS: 30 July 2020

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Government makes £266 million available to local authorities to continue supporting people provided with emergency accommodation during pandemic
MHCLG:18 July 2020

Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding
DHSC and MHCLG: 22 June 2020

6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping
MHCLG: 26 May 2020

Response to Manchester Evening News story on support for rough sleepers
MHCLG: 15 May 2020

Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic
MHCLG: 2 May 2020

Dame Louise Casey to spearhead government taskforce on rough sleeping during pandemic
MHCLG: 2 May 2020

Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households
MHCLG: 24 March 2020

Government announces radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus
MHCLG: 18 March 2020

£3.2 million emergency support to help rough sleepers to self-isolate during coronavirus outbreak
MHCLG: 17 March 2020

Deportment of Health and Social Care

Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding
DHSC and MHCLG: 22 June 2020

Online isolation notes launched - providing proof of coronavirus absence from work
DHSC: 20 March 2020

£2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable
DHSC: 19 March 2020

New adult social care guidance to protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19
DHSC: 13 March 2020

Ministry of Justice

£5.4 million to support legal advice sector during the COVID-19 pandemic
MoJ: 4 May 2020

Support package for legal providers will ensure access to justice during coronavirus outbreak
MoJ: 3 April 2020

Statement from the Lord Chancellor on the running of courts during the coronavirus pandemic.
MoJ: 18 March 2020

Homes England

Payment Holidays offered to Help to Buy homeowners affected by COVID-19
Homes England: 18 March 2020

Scottish Government

Updated coronavirus (COVID-19)shielding advice and support including changes from 1 August 2020
Scottish Government: 27 July 2020

Emergency help for those worse affected by coronavirus
Scottish Government: 6 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - update on devolved benefits
Scottish Government: 1 April 2020

Social care at heart of response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Scottish Government: 23 March 2020

Welsh Government

Welsh Government temporarily increases the notice period that landlords must give assured and assured shorthold tenants to end a tenancy from three months to six months
Welsh Government: 23 July 2020

Welsh Government announce new £20 million fund to transform homelessness services and ensure no-one need return to rough sleeping
Welsh Government: 28 May 2020

Written Statement: Social and Private Rented Sector update during the COVID-19 crisis
Welsh Government: 8 April 2020

Written Statement: COVID-19 Response – Homelessness and Rough Sleepers
Welsh Government: 20 March 2020

NI Department for Communities

Claimant commitments reintroduced for new universal credit claimants in Northern Ireland and resuming recovery of benefit overpayments
Department for Communities: 15 July 2020

Suspension of benefit conditionality extended to 7 August 2020 in Northern Ireland
NI Department for Communities: 2 July 2020

Minister suspends recovery of benefit overpayments and loans
NI Department for Communities: 13 May 2020

Bill to protect private renters passed by Assembly
NI Department for Communities: 29 April 2020

Minister Hargey to strengthen protections for private renters
NI Department for Communities: 16 April 2020

Hargey provides £1.5m to councils to help in COVID-19 support measures
NI Department for Communities: 8 April 2020

Housing Executive rent increase put on hold due to Covid-19
NI Department for Communities: 6 April 2020

Housing support crucial in this crisis
NI Department for Communities: 27 March 2020

Hargey introduces further measures to protect the most vulnerable and their families
NI Department for Communities: 24 March 2020

Minister announces further support for those affected by COVID-19
NI Department for Communities: 24 March 2020

Emergency bill to strengthen coronavirus (COVID-19) response plans
DHSC: 17 March 2020

Minister announces measures to protect the most vulnerable to ensure delivery of social security services
NI Dept for Communities: 16 March 2020

Benefit payments will still be paid for people self-isolating
NI Department for Communities: 11 March 2020

Legislation

Coronavirus Acts

Coronavirus Act 2020

Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020

Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Act (Northern Ireland) 2020

Statutory instruments: United Kingdom

Tax Credits (Coronavirus, Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.534/2020)

Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020 (SI.No.416/2020)

Statutory instruments: Great Britain

Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.814/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.539/2020)

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.522/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.512/2020)

State Pension Credit (Coronavirus) (Electronic Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.456/2020)

Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.450/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.427/2020)

Employment Appeal Tribunal (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020 (SI.No.415/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.409/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SI.No.397/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.374/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.371/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.304/2020)

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus Disease) Regulations (SI.No.289/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.287/2020)

Statutory instruments: England

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.388/2020)

Statutory instruments: England and Wales

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2020 (SI.No.747/2020)

Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (No. 2) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.614/2020)

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 (SI.No.582/2020)

Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.405/2020)

Statutory instruments: Wales

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Assured Tenancies and Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Extension of Notice Periods) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.778/2020)

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.366/2020)

Statutory instruments: Scotland

Social Care Staff Support Fund (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI.No.188/2020)

Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 (SSI.No.139/2020)

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.121/2020)

Carer’s Allowance (Coronavirus) (Breaks in Care) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.117/2020)

Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.108/2020)

Statutory Rules: Northern Ireland

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.89/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.87/2020)

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.85/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.513/2020)

Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.70/2020)

Maternity Allowance and Statutory Maternity Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.69/2020)

Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations Northern Ireland 2020 (SR.No.68/2020)

Discretionary Support (Amendment No. 2) (COVID-19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.67/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.66/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.63/2020)

Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.62/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.61/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.54/2020)

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.53/2020)

Discretionary Support (Amendment) (COVID-19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.44/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 (SR.No.37/2020)

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 (SR.No.33/2020)

Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (SR.No.32/2020)

 

Guidance

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Source: HMRC

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers
Source: HMRC

Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Source: HMRC

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme calculator
Source: HMRC

Reporting payments from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme using the PAYE Real Time Information system
Source: HMRC

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Source: Gov.uk

Treasury Directions made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020
Source: Gov.uk

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - receiving grants you were not entitled to
Source: Gov.uk

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme
Source: Gov.uk

Treasury Directions made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020
Source: Gov.uk

Welfare benefits

ADM Memo 11/20
Source: DWP

DMG Memo 13/20
Source: DWP

ADM Memo 10/20
Source: DWP

ADM Memo 8/20
Source: DWP

Housing Benefit Subsidy Circular S7//2020
Source: DWP

DMG Memo 10/20
Source: DWP

DMG Memo 9/20
Source: DWP

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits
Source: DWP

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re employed and cannot work
Source: DWP

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job
Source: DWP

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work
Source: DWP

DMG Memo 06/20 and ADM Memo 04/20
Source: DWP

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates applicable from April 2020 to March 2021 - amendment as instructed by The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020
Source: Valuation Office Agency

DMG Memo 04/20 and ADM Memo 2/20
Source: DWP

Council tax

Council Tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020-21 – Local Authority Guidance
Source: MHCLG

Housing

Updated statutory homelessness guidance on priority need to account for impact of COVID-19 on vulnerability
Source: MHCLG

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities
Source: Gov.uk

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Source: MHCLG

Housing: Coronavirus
Source: Welsh Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for social landlords
Source: Scottish Government

COVID-19 Guidance for Private rented Sector Landlords and Tenants
Source: NI Department for Communities

COVID-19: guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision
Source: MHCLG

COVID-19: guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping
Source: Public Health England and MHCLG

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for homelessness services
Source: Scottish Government

Social Care

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: people receiving direct payments
Source: DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan
Source: DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014
Source: DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID 19): changes to social care assessments
Source: Scottish Government

COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance 
Source: Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
Source: DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes
Source: DHSC

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care
Source: DHSC

Immigration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance
Source: Gov.uk

Courts and tribunals

HMCTS weekly operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (from 24 April 2020)
Source: HMCTS 

HMCTS daily operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (up to 24 April 2020)
Source: HMCTS

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance
Source: Judiciary.uk

Legal Aid

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Legal Aid Agency contingency response
Source: Legal Aid Agency

Financial relief for legal aid practitioners
Source: Legal Aid Agency

Case law

Adiatu & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Her Majesty's Treasury [2020] EWHC 1554 (Admin) (15 June 2020)

Bromford Housing Association Ltd v Nightingale & Anor [2020] EWHC 1532 (QB) (12 June 2020)

Copeland v Bank of Scotland Plc [2020] EWHC 1441 (QB) (04 June 2020)

London Borough of Hackney v Okoro [2020] EWCA Civ 681 (27 May 2020)

Marshall (Acting by Mehmet Arkin as fixed charge receiver) v Marshall & Another [2020] EWCA Civ 620 (11 May 2020)

Debenhams Retail Ltd, Re [2020] EWCA Civ 600 (6 May 2020)

Debenhams Retail Ltd, Re [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch) (17 April 2020)

Carluccio's Ltd, Re Insolvency Act 1986 [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) (13 April 2020)

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Other resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do: gov.uk

Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19): gov.uk

Get an isolation note: NHS

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information and advice: NHS

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance: Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health Protection Scotland

Latest information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health Wales

COVID-19 (coronavirus): Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland