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Coronavirus: Employment and jobs

Find employment support, advice and help to find a job during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough scheme)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as the furlough scheme, is available for employers whose business has been affected by coronavirus. Business owners can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 per month.

Find out more about the Job Retention Scheme

Help to find a job

We have three employment support schemes that may be able to help you if you are looking for work.

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on the government website

Test and Trace Self Isolation Support Payment

The Test and Trace Self-isolation support payment is a payment for people on low incomes who are unable to work because they must self-isolate. This scheme will be run by Local Authorities on the government's behalf.

If you qualify, you will be entitled to £500. This will be paid in a lump sum.

Find out more and apply for a payment

Help with Council Tax and Benefits

Our Council Tax, Revenues and Benefits service is administered by LGSS. For up-to-date information on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is affecting Council Tax and Benefits services, please visit the LGSS website.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

Find out more about the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension