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SELF EMPLOYED - Self-employed workers will be able to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 a month to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced. The money will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not b...

US Unemployment Bomb Explodes

Thursday 26 March, 2020

UNITED STATES  - As reported here earlier in the week before it became public news: Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week - nearly five times the previous record set in 1982 - amid a widespread economic shutdow...

SELF EMPLOYED - We expect to hear today about help for the self-employed.  ABC Comment, have your say below:  

RETAIL SALES – Prior to the coronavirus pandemic. In the three months to February 2020, the quantity bought in retail sales fell for the fourth consecutive month by 0.6%; this was across all stores except non-store retailing. In February 2020, the mo...

CORONAVIRIUS JOB LOSSES - There has been an avalanche of claims for Universal Credit of 477,000 claims which is more than eight times the average and that has prompted online queues of tens of thousands of people trying to prove their identity. Despi...

ABC Press Release - Donors Needed

Wednesday 25 March, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – Community Express - The Association of Pension & Benefits Claimants CIC (ABC) prepares to trial a new service                     ...

JOB LOSSES - Investment bank Morgan Stanley released a dire memo on unemployment as the U.S. jobs market continues to be buffeted by the pandemic. The company predicted 3.4 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending on March 21...

PARLIAMENT - Conservative MP Steve Double said that the Covid-19 crisis has "taught us" that low-skilled workers "are actually pretty crucial to the smooth running of our country" as he urged Home Secretary Priti Patel to rev...

DWP - Update. People receiving benefits no longer need to attend jobcentre appointments. People will continue to receive their benefits as normal, but all requirements to attend the jobcentre in person are suspended. These changes will be in pla...

THE PUBLIC  - who are forced to self-isolate but struggling to pay their bills can apply to receive a month of benefits without leaving the house. The Department for Work and Pensions has rolled out this offer at jobcentres across the country to...

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