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Finances and Coronavirus Updates

Worried about your finances? Looking for the latest advice?


Here is a summary of all the latest information available to help you.

Carer Specific Information

A to Z changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19 by Carers UK. Visit website

 If cannot continue working because of caring responsibilities, furlough is available. To read more. NEW 13/4

Carers Allowance break relaxed by Carers UK. Visit websiteNew 9/4

Local Information

Council Tax Reduction. If you are on a low-income check to see if you can claim. 

Central Bedfordshire Council - Council Tax and Housing Benefit. Visit website

Bedford Borough Council – Council Tax. Visit website

Bedford only - Jobcentre Plus offices. If struggling with applying for Universal Credit especially if categorised as vulnerable, ring 01234 361 636

National Support

Understanding Universal Credit and the coronavirus by Visit Website

Money Advice Service - Coronavirus and what it means for you. Visit website

Citizens Advice - for benefits and financial advice. Visit website

Money Saving Expert - for up-to-date financial changes. Visit website

Turn2Us - helping people apply for benefits and grants. Visit website.

National Information

A to Z changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19 by Carers UK. Visit website

 If off sick due to coronavirus, Statutory Sick Pay is paid from day 1. You can get a fit note from NHS 111. Visit website. NEW 13/4

On a low income and not being furloughed by your employer, claim Universal Credit asap.  Visit website. NEW 13/4

  • There is an increase in the amount being paid
  • Commitments regarding job seeking have been put on hold.
  • Claimants are expected to check their accounts every few days.

Applying for Universal Credit by Citizens Advice. Visit website

Using Public Services on-line e.g. Universal Credit by Learn My Way. Visit website

How do work changes affect tax credits? To read more. NEW 13/4  

MOTs Extensions. Visit website. NEW 13/4  

Free school meals plan. Visit website. NEW 13/4  

Avoid Financial Fraud & Scams. Visit website. NEW 13/4   

Applying for Benefits

A to Z changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19 by Carers UK. Visit website

Health Assessments for Benefits

  • These have been cancelled for 3 months from 16 March 2020.
  • New claims will be accepted as normal.

Alternative Financial Support

Turn2Us Coronavirus Grant FundVisit website.New 9/4

Help with white goods. Apply for a grant. Visit website. 

Utility Bills

Prepay Customers & topping up. Visit website.

Government agreements with energy industry. Visit website.

  • If you are having problems speak to your provider asap.

Cutting your water bill

There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to afford your water bill. So instead of getting into debt, contact Anglia Water if

  • If you are on a water meter and someone in your household needs more water than usual to manage their condition e.g. incontinence, weeping skin condition etc.
  • You on a low income and struggling to pay your water bill.
  • If you need help on a short-term basis due to being in hospital.
  • Ongoing mental health issues that cause financial worries.

Contact Anglia Water Extra Support Service on 0800 169 3636 or search “anglia water extra support




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