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Citizens Advice press release

Lack of protections for shielded workers is “major missing piece” of furlough scheme, says Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has responded to the latest announcement by the Chancellor on changes to the Job Retention Scheme.

Many in shielded group facing “catch-22” as incomes plummet

New research from Citizens Advice shows that four in ten (41%) of those in the shielded group have lost at least 20% of their income since the coronavirus outbreak began. More than a quarter (27%) have lost 60% of their income or more.

Citizens Advice responds to announcement of extension to mortgage payment holidays

Citizens Advice welcomes the news from the FCA that mortgage payment holidays are to be extended, but says it's crucial renters "aren't left behind."

Time for the government to “stand by its promise” to renters

The government has just one month to act before measures protecting private renters from evictions proceedings expire.

Labour market figures show "devastating" impact of crisis on household incomes

Citizens Advice has responded to the publication of new ONS labour market figures.

On the move again: but how can tenants stay safe?

The government says the housing market can start up again, provided social distancing advice is followed. Private rental tenants may be asked to allow viewings, or to give letting agents access to take photos and videos, but may feel uncomfortable about how this can be done safely.

Returning to work: Citizens Advice outlines the top six need-to-knows

With government guidance now stating that, for some sectors, those who cannot work from home should return to work, Citizens Advice has outlined the top six need-to-knows when it comes to your employment rights.

Furlough extension protects households from financial cliff edge, but shielded group will need right to access the scheme, says Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has responded to the Chancellor’s announcement on the extension of the Job Retention Scheme.

Payment holidays have softened the financial shock of the lockdown - but many households will need further help

Citizens Advice responds to news 700,000 people have taken up payment holidays on credit cards and nearly half a million have been approved for other personal loans.

Vulnerable workers must be protected in roadmap out of lockdown

New evidence from Citizens Advice suggests some of the most vulnerable workers in society are having their health put at risk by their employer not furloughing them, despite being eligible for the government’s support.

Urgent fixes needed ahead of potential “second wave” of Universal Credit claims

Citizens Advice is calling for immediate changes to Universal Credit ahead of a potential second wave of claims when the government’s protection schemes come to a close.

Coronavirus childcare: Is there a right to time off?

With more businesses looking to reopen over the coming weeks, Citizens Advice has set out what parents and guardians can do if they’re struggling to juggle childcare and work during the coronavirus pandemic

National Citizens Advice appoints two new trustees

Millions facing financial cliff edge when coronavirus protections end

New research from Citizens Advice has revealed that over 13 million people have already been unable to pay, or expect to be unable to pay, at least one bill because of the coronavirus outbreak

One in five to need support from benefits system amid employment crisis

New research from Citizens Advice reveals one fifth (20%) of UK adults say they have applied or expect to apply for benefits as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. This rises to 68% of people on zero-hours contracts.

How much Universal Credit will I get?

The first Universal Credit payments are expected around 22 April for those who applied during the first week of the stay-at-home measures.

Benefits advice and worries about paying the bills: Citizens Advice data shows the changing picture of the nation’s concerns

Citizens Advice has seen record-breaking demand for advice on its website over the past month with nine million pageviews, a 39% rise on the same period last year.

Further fixes to coronavirus safety net needed as millions see hit to their incomes

Citizens Advice fears the government’s bold action to protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic could be undermined by confusion and patchy use of the job retention scheme by some employers.

FCA proposals "a welcome short-term reprieve" says Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has responded to the Financial Conduct Authority's announcement of a series of temporary measures to help credit card and other short term debts during the coronavirus outbreak.

Citizens Advice responds to Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Citizens Advice has responded to the Chancellor's announcement of measures to support self-employed people during the Covid-19 outbreak