During these times of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, those in the electrical trade may find not only their business and work being negatively impacted, but also their mental health. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is keen to outline what support it can provide to industry members. Please read on for our 09th July update.

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We understand this is a complex and difficult time for everyone. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and increasing worry about our health and livelihoods. We understand that the effect of COVID-19 on industry and income will be great and we will all be affected. In times of darkness and insecurity we want to let our Industry members know, that we will be here to help you. 

 

Housing Support 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/stamp-duty-cut-rishi-sunak-housing-property-market-update-a9607861.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1594210171 – Stamp Duty scrapped for houses under £500,000 with immediate effect and until 31 March 2021.

Insight into the new Green House Grant Scheme -

Up to £5,000 per household for projects to make homes more energy efficient in England

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/12052960/5000-energy-voucher-green-homes-grant/?utm_campaign=sunmainfacebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1594123084

Will match owners or landlords spend, £2 for £1 for most homes

Up to £10,000 per household fully funded for low-income households

 

Salary – Employed and Self-employed support

£1,000 for employers for each furloughed employee they bring back to work – until the end of January 2021. Applies to those earning more than £520pcm.

“Kickstart Scheme” to employ young people aged 16-24 who are on UC 6-month placements. Payments to cover 25 hours per week on Minimum Wage plus NI and pension contributions.

£1,000 grant for employers to take on new trainees 16-24 (England)

£2,000 grant for employers to take on Apprentices under 25, £1,500 for over 25s and starts 1st August (England)

 

Money Support

Hospitality and tourism – VAT drop to 5% until 12th January 2021; Eat out Monday – Wednesday throughout August and get meals for 50%. Does not include alcohol or takeaways. https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1306725/eating-out-discount-budget-2020-rishi-sunak


The charity like most industry will be financially burdened by the ramifications of COVID -19, but the welfare team are doing their best to provide both financial and emotional support to those in need. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through this pandemic.

Here is an outline of our available support services: 

pig       Financial Relief

  • The charity will consider providing small grants in immediate and urgent need.
  • Provide advice to industry individuals regarding financial relief strategies and support services available to them.
  • Provide support to employees worried about income, having to work and/or losing their employment.
  • Strategies to implement immediately to soften the financial burden i.e. mortgage/rent holiday’s, freezing of gym memberships and others.
  • Signposting to other welfare services and charities for support.
  • Review of individual welfare benefits, your eligibility and support with the application process were necessary.
  • Food vouchers if in immediate and urgent need.

Unknown 1       Mental Health Support

  • Self-isolation is likely to have a negative impact on our mental health and it is important we remain aware of this and try to buffer against it by putting support strategies in place. The EIC can recommend support strategies to help you cope through this time of isolation.
  • Telephone and skype counselling are available to industry members.
  • Psychiatric assessments for complex mental health issues are available to industry members.
  • Signposting to other mental health support services and online services.

Unknown 2       Symptoms, hygiene and self-isolation

  • The EIC is recommending that individuals with pre-existing health conditions i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, heart disease, diabetes and others should self-isolated and managers need to be informed as soon as possible if you care for or reside with a family member or person who is deemed as having pre-existing health conditions. The EIC can provide further guidance to you if you feel unsure as to how to communicate this to your employer.
  • Hygiene tips and resources
  • Managing self-isolation

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