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The Rt Hon David Jones MP

Support for those ineligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

“I fully sympathise with those who started new jobs after 19 March 2020, and who have found they are ineligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Clearly, this is a problem that will be causing a great deal of concern to those who will miss out on support as a result.
 
While, of course, the Government must continue to act prudently, there is also a duty to ensure that those not covered by the schemes already announced are able to obtain the support they require and to which, as a simple matter of fairness, they must surely be entitled. I have, therefore, written to the Chancellor to raise this matter.


In the meantime, the Government has taken steps to increase its support for those who are ineligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Universal Credit has been made easier to access and more generous overall, with an increase to the Standard Allowance of £1,000 for the next 12 months. Those applying for Universal Credit can also get an advance payment almost immediately once they claim.

The Government has announced measures to help people with the cost of living. Additional protections have been put in place for those who rent, as well an extra £1 billion of support, through an increase to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit, so that the Local Housing Allowance will cover at least 30 per cent of market rents in local areas.

Those who own their homes could also benefit from a three-month mortgage holiday, and anyone facing hardship may be able to get help with energy bills. For more on these measures, please use the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-wales

The Financial Conduct Authority has called on lenders to use the flexibility contained within their rules to support anyone experiencing difficulties paying back personal loans or credit card bills as a result of coronavirus. Major lenders have already made statements to this effect, with some offering payment holidays.

The Government has also put extra resources into local authorities to ensure that they are able to reduce or eliminate the council tax bills for those most in need. You can find out more about this through the following link:

https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Benefits-and-grants/Council-Tax-Reduction/Claiming-Council-Tax-Reduction.aspx

The Government may announce further measures to support businesses over the coming days. I would encourage you to keep up to date with any such announcements either by watching the daily press conference, which takes place at around 17:00 every day and is televised on BBC News, or through the dedicated web pages produced by both the Government and the Welsh Assembly Government:

2019 Re-election

At the December 2019 General Election, David was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Clwyd West, with an increased vote share of 50.7%.

Contact David Jones MP

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