The Swiss Benevolent Society, in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, is constantly appraising the situation and welfare of our fellow Swiss Citizens here in the UK.
To best protect the welfare of our clients, prospects and the SBS Welfare Officer, we have implemented preventative measures to ensure the containment of the virus with social distancing. Therefore we have postponed our SBS events including our Coffee-Morning, Tea Party and Annual General Meeting or have made them available on online platforms. Home visits in person are cancelled for the moment and therefore more time is being spent with clients over the phone.
In the first instance to find support you should contact your local council, local community groups and local services who have mobilised many resources for things such as access to food, obtaining prescription medication and services for the vulnerable, disabled and ill. Please follow official advice given by the NHS or GOV.UK, and keep in touch with friends and family.
To seek advice and information on the evolving Coronavirus updates in the UK, please first consult the COVID-19 information provided on official channels by the:
- UK government Covid response – what to do, who to contact regarding employment, benefits, travel and public services
- NHS Advice and what to do if you have Corona Virus symptoms
- Swiss Embassy London advice including links to Swiss authorities
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Employment & financial government support UK
- Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)
- Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit
- Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Employers can apply for staff to get up to 80% pay if they can’t work
- Financial help if you’re self-employed
- Get an isolation note to give to your employer
- Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)