For your benefit

Find out about benefits, discounts and support schemes that you may benefit from.

Coronavirus-related benefits and support

We know that this is a difficult time for so many people who have been affected by the impact of Coronavirus. There are lots of schemes and benefits available to help.

  • Goodbye Furlough, hello Job Support Scheme

    The Furlough scheme comes to an end on 31st October. The new Job Support Scheme, which will replace furlough, starts on 1 November 2020 and lasts for six months. To qualify for the scheme, you must work at least a third of your normal hours.

    Find out more about the new Job Support Scheme.

  • Universal Credit and employment benefits

    If you experience financial difficulties as a result of Coronavirus please get in touch.

    Please email us via myhomeonline or on enquiries@midlandsrural.org.uk as soon as possible so we can provide advice and support with managing your rent payments.

    We are here to help so we can all get through this together.

    Benefits you may be entitled to

    If you have lost your job or are working reduced hours you may be able to claim:

    • Universal Credit
    • New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance (New Style JSA)
    • New Style Employment and Support Allowance (New Style ESA)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

    New Style JSA and New Style ESA can be claimed on their own or at the same time as Universal Credit, so it may be a good idea to apply for Universal Credit anyway, particularly if you pay rent or have children to support.

    Please note that depending on your circumstances it may not always be the best option to claim Universal Credit and we would urge you to get advice before making a claim.

    Find out more about claiming Universal Credit and there is also a dedicated Universal Credit Coronavirus page.

    Benefits calculator

    You can use a benefits calculator to find out what benefits you might be entitled to.

  • Self-employment grants and tax extensions

    Self employment grants

    The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been extended until April 2021, with an additional two grants, making four grants in total.

    For all the grants you need to have been adversely affected by coronavirus during the period the grant is running for.

    Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply

    Defer your tax payments

    And, if you’re self-employed and struggling to pay your taxes, you may be eligible to defer your tax payments.

    Find out if you can defer your payments

  • Working from home during coronavirus?

    If your employer requires you to work at home, you could be eligible to claim tax relief on £6 per week – that’s worth £1.20 to you a week.

    Find out how to claim tax relief

  • Self-isolating and can't work from home?

    The government has announced a £500 Test and Trace Support payment for people claiming qualifying benefits or working tax credit, who are required to self-isolate to avoid coronavirus transmission.

    It's available from 28 September 2020 and is limited to people unable to work from home during isolation.

    The new payment will be administered by local authorities and you will need to apply to them.

    Contact your local authority to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

    Find out more about the Test and Trace support payment

  • Free school meals and food parcels

    School meals should be available free of charge to:

    • all infant pupils
    • pupils who meet the benefits-related free school meals eligibility criteria

    Children entitled to benefits-related free school meals, are also entitled to receive food parcels if they are unable to attend school due to coronavirus.

    Find out more about more school meals and food parcels

  • Don’t forget to book your MOT

    Was your MOT due at the height of lockdown?

    Vehicle owners with an MOT due date between March and 31 July were allowed to delay the test for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    For example, if your MOT was due on 1st April, you must now complete your test by 1st October.

    All MOT’s which were due from 1st August should be booked as normal.

    Find out more about MOT booking

  • Expired driving licences extended by 11 months

    Photocard licences that expire between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry. The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything.

    Find out more about extended licences

Other benefits, discounts and support schemes

We are here to help. Please get in touch if you need any support and advice.