The following scheme has just been announced, and may be of help to you and/or colleagues and friends.
COVID-19 Income Relief Payment
If you lose your job (including self-employment) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment. It’s available from 8 June 2020.
You can get up to 12 weeks of payments, to help with living costs after a sudden job loss, and give you time to find other work.
You can apply online for the Income Relief Payment from 8 June 2020. If you need support before this date, we may be able to help you with a benefit or other payments in the meantime.
Find out more from Work and Income.