Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I am getting a lot of correspondence enquiries about coronavirus related to employment rights, benefits, business support, travel, food, retail, cancellations, education and lots more. 

It’s vital to follow guidance from official and reputable sources so these pages should be used as primary sources of information, rather than news websites or social media.

This page will be updated from time to time so please keep checking back for the latest information.

General advice

Advice and information from local councils

Health and social care

Education and childcare

Work

Benefits

Advice services

Business support and charities

Housing

  • UK Finance, which represents mortgage lenders issued a statement and list of frequently asked questions following the Chancellor’s announcement on 17 March that borrowers can apply for a mortgage repayment holiday of up to three months. On 18 March it was confirmed that this help would be extended to buy-to-let landlords with tenants who are experiencing issues with their finances, as either a direct or indirect result of coronavirus. There will also be a three month moratorium on residential and buy-to-let repossession actions from 19 March.
  • On 19 March the Welsh Government confirmed that it was working closely with the UK Government to support those who rent in Wales and would provide an update “as soon as [they] are able”. This followed the UK Government announcement on 18 March that there would be a ban on evictions and additional protection for renters.
  • Welsh Government, Help to Buy Wales loan interest repayment holiday (18 March)
  • Welsh Government, Guidance for social landlords (13 March)
  • Welsh Government, Guidance for substance misuse and homelessness services (19 March)
  • Money Advice Service, A guide to mortgage payment holidays

Utilities

Transport

Travel

Consumer rights and insurance

Food and retail

Community support

Culture and sport

Courts and prisons

News

Bridgend Local Lockdown

As of 6 pm this evening (Tuesday 22 September 2020), Bridgend County Borough will be placed under a local lockdown. These measures will be implemented in four local authority areas-Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.