April 16, 2020

Government Furlough Scheme Extended

I’m pleased to see that the furlough scheme cut-off date has been extended to 19 March. This will help many in Cardiff Central – but too many people still fall between the Government’s financial support schemes, and those gaps need to be closed urgently. You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/furlough-scheme-cut-off-date-extended-to-19-march

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April 9, 2020

Job Retention Scheme: Applications Open for Employers on April 20th

HMRC have announced that applications for the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme will open for employers on Monday 20th April. Your employers need to apply for the scheme online via the HMRC website. The link is not yet live, but you can click here for further information from them on the process of applying. If you are employed and have …

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April 9, 2020

Benefits Support for Constituents During COVID-19 Outbreak

This is a very difficult time for many people, with many losing their jobs or self-employment income or being furloughed. Many will be going through the Universal Credit system for the very first time. The Universal Credit website and phone lines are incredibly busy and many are struggling to access the support they need due to the unprecedented demand. You …

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April 7, 2020

New 2 Meter Social Distancing Rule In Force in Wales

New rules to protect workers during the coronavirus outbreak have come into force since midnight last night in Wales. The regulations mean the 2-metre (6.5ft) social distancing rule will apply to any workplace, including homes, where work and repairs are being undertaken and outdoor spaces. The new rules apply to those workplaces not already covered by the original stay-at-home rules …

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April 7, 2020

Welsh Government Funds to Support Third Sector Organisations During COVID-19 Crisis

The Welsh Government will provide new funding for voluntary organisations, both at the forefront of the Coronavirus support efforts, and for the many that will be hit financially by the crisis. Welsh Government have announced two new funding streams available to charities, community groups and social enterprises in Wales. Charities and voluntary organisations in Wales are facing challenging and uncertain …

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April 7, 2020

Cardiff Council Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are for people who either receive Housing Benefit or Universal Credit which includes a housing element towards their rent but need extra help with rent or housing costs. Cardiff Council has a limited amount of money to make these payments and can only make payments to those in greatest need. The Council can award DHP for various …

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April 3, 2020

Housing Association Tenants: COVID-19 Assistance

If you are a tenant of a housing association property in Wales, all providers have banded together to commit not to evict any tenant who suffers financial hardship as a result of Coronavirus. They have also gone further and put together a package of support for tenants in these uncertain times. I’m extremely grateful to the Associations for taking the …

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March 31, 2020

Welsh Government Business Support (Monday 30 April)

The Welsh Government announced a £1.1bn support package for the economy and public services in Wales. The package consists of cash reallocated from existing budgets and new money – already announced – from the UK Treasury. The main thrust of yesterday’s announcement was an Economic Resilience Fund. The £500 million fund is made up of two main elements: A new …

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March 27, 2020

Information for Students during COVID-19 Outbreak

Welsh Government and Student Finance Wales The Welsh Government has a really helpful Q&A section for queries about higher education in Wales, Student Finance Wales and Coronavirus. You can access that by clicking here. Tenancies Cardiff University, Cardif Metropolitan University Students, as well as tenants of Liberty Living and Unite Students properties will be able to end their tenancy early …

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March 27, 2020

Cardiff Council Service Changes During COVID-19 Outbreak

Council Tax Assistance If you are concerned about your council tax please contact the Council Tax team​ at Cardiff Council via this online contact form. Alternatively, please email the office direct at ctax@cardiff.gov.uk​. If you are on a low income, or your income has reduced, you may be entitled to Council Tax Reduction – it’s absolutely worth checking if you are entitled to this. …

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