ETHNIC / CULTURAL MINORITIES
If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
BEMIS is an organisation for ethnic and cultural minorities in Scotland. In response to COVID-19, they have a free counselling service and have set up a Resilience Network with helpful links including for Volunteer Counselling.
Doctors of the World have produced a site with NHS COVID-19 information in 45 languages.
Shakti Women's Aid offer advice to ethnic minority women, children and young people suffering domestic abuse.
For those who have no recourse to public funds but are eligible to work in the UK, we have some discretionary funding within pRESPECT.
If you are already on benefits the government has postponed all face-to-face benefits assessments or appointments at the Jobcentre Plus until at least 19 June 2020.
This means you don’t have to go to:
interviews if you’re starting a claim for JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
medical assessments for ESA, Universal Credit or PIP
appointments with your work coach
If you want to make a fresh claim, you will need to do it online and the job-centre will contact you back. This is due to very high demand.
Click the appropriate button to redirect to information.
If you have been made redundant due to Covid-19 then you could ask your former employer to place you on the government furlough scheme. You will not be allowed to work for them but you will get 80% of your salary for 3 months.
According to Martin Lewis, who is direct contact with government bodies, even if you have been released from your job, you can ask your employers to take you on payroll and activate the furlough scheme. Martin Lewis provides key answers to using and understanding furlough during the lockdown. He also provides detail for self-employed individuals to access the new self-employed scheme. Watch the show to learn more.
You may be able to use the (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
traded in the tax year 2019-20
are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19
Your self-employed trading profits must also be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income come from self-employment.
Government furlogh claim site:
Martin Lewis provides key answers to using & understanding furlough during lockdown. Also details for self-employed access.
General information on Government support during Lockdown
Details of financial support available to businesses from the government
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Extra Support During Phase 2 & 3
We are aware that some individuals in our group and communities are suffering in silence and not accessing all the community support available.
Please try the following COVID-19 emergency response resources:
Glasgow Helps: https://www.glasgowhelps.org/
Edinburgh Community directory: https://directory.evoc.org.uk/
Citizen Advice Scotland https://www.cas.org.uk/
We are a small organisation and do not have a dedicated financial assistance fund, but we are putting aside limited funding to provide emergency food box delivery from:
This support will depend on availability and priority of needs. Anyone that we cannot support we will try our best to signpost to another organisation.
Have used or are a Prespect member (if not contact Viana for a chat)
Can show evidence of having no access to other support services
Have a working permit
Priority will be given to families, individuals, and students from ethnic minority backgrounds and those who can work BUT have no recourse to public funds