Your ERSA Membership and COVID-19
ERSA is currently experiencing higher than usual volume of requests from members and other orgasnisations affected by Coronavirus pandemic. ERSA’s Chief Executive will be prioritising those organisations who are in most need. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
If you are not already subscribed to receive email updates from ERSA you can sign up here.
The latest #ERSAOnline meetings can be found at https://ersa.eventbrite.com (follow us there to be the first to hear when meetings and webinars go live)
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
All of us are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect us and those we love. We are still here to support you and to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
MIND’s information hub provides advice on how to support your mental wellbeing during this period. This includes practical advice on coping with staying at home, tips for employers on supporting yourself and your team, and updates on how the new coronavirus laws could affect your rights. If you’re a young person struggling at this time, there’s also some information for you.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. (11 May 2020)
The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. These 8 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Read the guidance here.
Claims service for the Self-employed opening on 13 May
The claims service will open on 13 May and is being delivered ahead of the original timetable. This will help millions of self-employed people, covering a wide range of industries and jobs, whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the coronavirus.
The claims process will be very simple, and those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account by 25 May, or within six working days of completing a claim.
BDB Pitmans LLP have developed a useful COVID-19 hub to help answer legal matters relating to employment law and HR Issues surrounding the pandemic https://www.bdbpitmans.com/hubs/covid-19-hub/
Stay at Home: Activities & tips to get through the lockdown – download the free activity pack here
While the country is in lockdown and we are all being asked to stay at home, it can be hard to find things to do. This booklet has a few activities, tips and ideas. We hope it gives you some inspiration and helps you to keep busy during this tough time. Enjoy!
Provided by Derventio Housing Trust. Derventio Housing Trust is a registered social landlord providing accommodation and support to people facing homelessness. Through housing and specialist projects we support people facing difficult circumstances to improve their health and wellbeing, increase resilience and prepare for independent living, learning and employment.
Staying healthy at home
Free online training courses
Institute of Employment Studies
People Management have a live blog which talks about what employers are doing to tackle the COVID-19 crisis – here
Launching an economic lifeboat: The impact of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – read the report
National Careers Service have launched a Skills Toolkit here
The Department for Work and Pensions commissions a range of organisation who deliver services that support unemployed jobseekers.
Be a work hero – help keep Britain Running
#KeepBritainWorking – Supporting businesses and workers through this National Emergency through a campaign to #KeepBritainWorking. Whether you’re looking for work or seeking ways to sustain your business, help is at hand. https://www.keepbritainworking.com/recruitment-resources/
#FeedTheNation – Staffline Recruitment and PeoplePlus are responding to this unprecedented challenge in the form of a nationwide recruitment campaign, to support the UK’s essential services, including food supply, retail and delivery. https://www.feedthenation.co.uk/
Employ GM – Supporting Businesses and helping people into essential work during COVID-19 and beyond https://employgm.org/
The Shaw Trust Care Academy is your one-stop shop for care careers. It offers professional advice and information helping future carers find the best training and qualifications, and employers the right staff for their need. https://www.incontactapp.co.uk/pporting our UK supermarkets during these challenging time
DWP Employment Category Newsletter – Spring 2020 (dropbox)
DWP DPS2 – UPDATE ON THE ENHANCED DYNAMIC PURCHASING SYSTEM (15 April 2020)
Message from DWP: In light of the escalating Covid-19 situation we have to temporarily stop work on the development of DPS2. We are sure you will appreciate that at present we are unable to give you a timescale for when this position may change. Our short term contingency is for the original DPS to continue in its current form albeit there will be little or no buying activity while the current Covid-19 restrictions are in place and to pause accreditations during the month of April. Meanwhile consideration is being given as to whether an extension to the present end date for the current DPS of 31 October 2020 is required. We will provide another update as further plans are finalised.
Useful links and information for employment support providers and other businesses
LEP Network – See the latest advice and guidance from LEPs, Government, and official bodies on the support available to employers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here
What government support is available during COVID-19 – A comprehensive, useful and updated resource has been produced by Company Debt and can be accessed here https://www.companydebt.com/coronavirus-business-help/
The Chancellor announces £750 million to support for the charity sector in response to coronavirus (8 April 2020)
- Coronavirus Act 2020 (26 March 2020)
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – is live (20 April 2020)
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
- Workers Support Package (20 March 2020)
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
- Furloughed workers template letter to employees
- Coronavirus and claiming benefits
- Updates from the Scottish Government
- Updates from the Welsh Government
- Updates from the Northern Ireland Executive
- Updates from GMCA
- Update from WMCA
Support for IPS Service Providers
Papworth Trust provides tips on making the most our of working at home here
Your income and Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a free resource for people to know what welfare support is available to them with all the most commons questions answered.
The Benefit and Budgeting Calculator has been updated with each of the changes as they were announced. The calculator has seen unprecedented use showing how concerned people are for their finances
For local authority data analytics clients, Policy in Practice have identified the six key groups likely to be impacted by the measures put in place to contain Coronavirus (COVID-19). These insights (shown visually here) have been useful to senior leadership teams planning their response to households hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19), to better target support.
Coronavirus and tackling vulnerability
26 March, Webinar by Policy in Practice
As new measures to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) are introduced, Policy in Practice were joined by RedQuadrant to discuss how data analytics can identify people who are most highly impacted by the virus, and the best way to engage with those of us who are most vulnerable.
Listen back to hear:
- What policy measures have been put in place to protect people
- Who is vulnerable: The three main groups
- How you can best identify vulnerable people
- How you can best engage with vulnerable people
Good Finance have designed a hub to support social enterprises and charities navigate through the challenges of COVID-19 here
NCVO guidance for the voluntary sector here
Coronavirus Emergency Funds Available Now – here
150 UK small business grants to apply for right now – here
entitledto have provided advice for individuals affected by Coronavirus on their website here