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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Money worries?

We'll be adding more information and links to these pages in due course.

In the meantime, these websites provide information about Coronavirus and your finances and changes to claiming your benefits:

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses


Money worries can affect everyone at some point in their lives when circumstances change; such as ill health, family job loss, disability, caring responsibilities, relationship breakdown or bereavement.

If you are worried about how COVID-19 might affect you financially, there are a number of support services available.

What can I access at the Money Advice Service on-line? At the Money Advice Service website, you'll find information ...

What can I access at the Money Advice Service on-line?

At the Money Advice Service website, you'll find information about Coronavirus and your finances, your rights to sick pay, and changes to claiming benefits in this link:

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

Information on coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses is available here:

www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Social Security Scotland can help with access to a range of benefits e.g. Best Start Maternity Grants, young carer grants, and funeral support payments. Further information is available: https://www.mygov.scot/benefits/

In addition, national NHS websites have good information about COVID-19 money worries, available supports for stress and self care and transport issues:

www.readyscotland.org

https://www.nhsinform.scot/

The Breathing Space freephone and webchat helpline is a good starting point if you are stressed, anxious or depressed due to money worries. It has a wide range of information and tips on how to reduce stress:

https://breathingspace.scot/

What can Money and Debt advice services help with?

Money and debt advice services can provide support with a range of issues including debt management, managing money, high electricity/ gas bills and the prospect of reduced rate tariffs, concerns about benefits and accessing benefits e.g. Universal Credit/Personal Independence Payment, advice about debt and refer you to employability services.

Where can I find information about local Money and Debt advice services and are they still open?

Most are operating a telephone and e-mail service currently and so it is best to call or e-mail directly.

Money and debt advice services are located across NHSGGC in local communities. If you want to find information and support that is local to where you live on money advice or a range of other health and wellbeing topics, visit the NHSGGC Health and Wellbeing Directory: http://infodir.nhsggc.org.uk/Home/Directory

I’m worried about paying my rent and bills, is there help available?

Many Housing providers have support available for their Tenants. Welfare Benefit Advisors and Fuel advisors can help you get on top of your bills, learn budgeting skills,  help you claim all of the benefits you are due and can also help you get on to the cheapest fuel tariffs. Contact your Housing Provider for more information.

Where can I access emergency food and a Food Bank? If you need to access a food bank because you have no money for f...

Where can I access emergency food and a Food Bank?

If you need to access a food bank because you have no money for food, the Trussel Trust website provides up to date information about local food banks, opening hours and how you can access them currently. The link is here:

https://www.trusselltrust.org/coronavirus-food-banks

The Support and Information Services provide a friendly and confidential place for patients, families and staff to access health, wellbeing and financial support.  They can assist with emergency food, fuel and money concerns, as well as information and referral to a wide range of community services such as carers, money and debt advice.

The service can be contacted via email or telephone and also has drop-in facilities within the main atriums of the following hospitals:

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital & Royal Hospital for Children
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Victoria Hospital
  • Stobhill Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital

www.nhsggc.org.uk/sis

Telephone: 0141 452 2387

Email: [email protected]

Where can I find NHS Support & Information Services (SIS) and what can they help with?

The Support and Information Services provide a friendly and confidential place for patients, families and staff to access health, wellbeing and financial support.  They can assist with emergency food, fuel and money concerns, as well as information and referral to a wide range of community services such as carers, money and debt advice and support for stress.

The service can be contacted via email or telephone and also has drop-in facilities within the main atriums of the following hospitals:

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital & Royal Hospital for Children

  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Victoria Hospital
  • Stobhill Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital

www.nhsggc.org.uk/sis

Telephone: 0141 452 238

E-mail: [email protected]

What can I do if I’m worried about energy bills and who can I contact for help? If you need help and advice about sa...

What can I do if I’m worried about energy bills and who can I contact for help?

If you need help and advice about saving energy when you’re at home, or if you're worried about your energy bills or struggling to stay warm at home, call Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282. Or use this link for further information:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland

Money Matters energy project operates across Scotland and it can help with energy arrears and provides support to: get help to pay bills, access a grant to pay off energy debt, apply for discounts and reduce energy costs

The energy project can be contacted by telephone on 0141 445 5221 or by e-mail: [email protected]

The UK Government has agreed measures with the energy industry to support people through COVID-19. For further information see this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-agrees-measures-with-energy-industry-to-support-vulnerable-people-through-covid-19

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a scheme which has been tailored by the Scottish Government to provide a safety net in d...

The Scottish Welfare Fund is a scheme which has been tailored by the Scottish Government to provide a safety net in disaster or emergency, or to enable independent living in the community. Crisis grants don’t need to be repaid and are available to apply for by people who do not have alternative means of paying for what they need. They are intended to meet one off needs rather than on going expenses.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is to check the website for the Local Authority area that you live in.

Due to the demand in other sectors such as food production, food supply, pharmaceutical and logistics there are oppor...

Due to the demand in other sectors such as food production, food supply, pharmaceutical and logistics there are opportunities to access a range of jobs on a temporary basis. See the following link for further information:

http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/

Criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable peo...

Criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. Trading Standards have more information at this link:

https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams 

The DWP has announced that there will be no requirement to attend jobcentre appointments for three months starting fr...

The DWP has announced that there will be no requirement to attend jobcentre appointments for three months starting from Thursday 19 March 2020.

In a tweet today, the DWP has announced that - 

  • people receiving benefits do not have to attend jobcentre appointments for three months, starting from Thursday 19 March 2020;
  • people will continue to receive their benefits as normal, but all requirements to attend the jobcentre in person are suspended;
  • jobcentres remain open, and will continue to support people who are not able to use phones and online, including homeless people; and
  • people can still make applications for benefits online if they are eligible.

Most Violence Against Women Services continue to operate during COVID-19 albeit with reduced or modified service. Pl...

Most Violence Against Women Services continue to operate during COVID-19 albeit with reduced or modified service.

Please click here for details on current info on service provision

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is pleased to have been able to provide some charitable support to staff in NHSGGC. Right now t...

Cavell Nurses’ Trust is pleased to have been able to provide some charitable support to staff in NHSGGC.

Right now the charity is emotionally and financially supporting nursing and midwifery staff affected by Coronavirus.

For help and advice visit the Cavell Nurses’ Trust website