COVID-19 Support

My team and I are receiving a high volume of emails relating to Coronavirus. We are doing our best to respond with helpful information, we are sorry if this takes a little longer than usual. 

On 10 May 2020 the Prime Minister announced:

"It would be madness now to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike.

We must stay alert.

We must continue to control the virus and save lives."

 Individuals who cannot work from home are returning to their workplaces. Where possible, this return should be done safely and avoiding public transport. 

More guidance on businesses that should remain closed can be found here.

We can only beat this together.

If you are concerned about non-compliance with social distancing in your area please contact Thames Valley Police.

Business Support

Her Majesty's Treasury (HMT) have outlined a host of support for businesses during this time. I urge businesses and employees to check what options are available to them before making decisions. 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least 3 months starting from 1 March 2020. It is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage. Employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.

The scheme is open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on 12 March 2020.

Please do discuss furloughing with your employer if your work cannot be done at home and is not essential to the Coronavirus Response effort. 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now live - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job…

Support for businesses through deferring Self-Assessment payments on account

If you’re due to pay a self-assessment payment on account by 31 July 2020 but the impact of the coronavirus causes you difficulty in making payment by that date, then you may defer payment until January 2021.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you are due to pay your second self-assessment payment on account on 31 July. You do not need to be self-employed to be eligible for the deferment.

The deferment is optional. If you are still able to pay your second payment on account on 31 July you should do so.

How to access the scheme

This is an automatic offer with no applications required. No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged if you defer payment until 31 January 2021.

During the deferral period you can set up a budget payment plan to help you pay the deferred payment on account when it comes due.

If you’re in temporary financial distress because of COVID-19 more help is available from HMRC’s Time to Pay scheme.

The Self Employed

Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

More

For further information relating to maternity leave, sick pay and retail, hospitality and leisure industries please follow this link: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-bu…

 

Food Deliveries

Volunteers around North Oxfordshire are providing an excellent service for many of the vulnerable including picking up prescriptions, food shopping and helping with deliveries. If you are unable to get a delivery slot from your local supermarket it may be worth reaching out the community around you. 

Help with food deliveries:

Oxfordshire All In

The website below has mapped all community services available within Oxfordshire which you may find of use.

https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/

If yourself or know anyone who is providing services/community provision in the light of the current situation with Covid-19 then this can be entered and mapped in the above Oxfordshire All In Website.

Bicester Community Fridge

www.bicestercommunityfridge.co.uk

Banbury Community Fridge/Banbury Mosque

Please email: banburymosque@yahoo.com, for enquiries. 

 

Support for the Elderly and Vulnerable

Community Connect

0300 004 04 01

www.canosn.org.uk

Support and guidance on how to keep well at home, what support is available and how to manage anxiety.

Volunteer Connect

0300 3030125

www.canosn.org.uk

If you (or someone elderly/vulnerable you know) are self-isolating and have no means of getting food, we can deliver an emergency food parcel to you.
To request a delivery call the above number and leave your name and telephone number only. One of the team will call you back.

Age UK Oxfordshire

01865 411 288

www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire

New, free, telephone support service, providing a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are, to chat and also help if people are facing practical problems with shopping, prescription collection etc. (The number connects straight to an answerphone, where people can leave their name and contact number.  They will receive a call back as soon as possible during normal working hours. Please note this service cannot provide medical advice - people should ring 111 for medical advice or 999 in a medical emergency).

Samaritans

116 123 (free from any phone)

www.samaritans.org

Whatever you're going through, you can talk to someone at the Samaritans.

Oxfordshire Mind

01865 247 788

www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk

If you're concerned about your mental health, the information line can point you towards support.

My office

For specific casework please contact my office by emailing victoria.prentis.mp@parliament.uk

Please do not email on behalf of another constituent, I am only able to take cases forward if they are presented by the individual. Please attach your full name and address as well as the nature of your query and we will aim to get back to you.