Officials report an “unprecedented” surge in claims for Britain’s main welfare benefit since mid-March when the lockdown began, with 2.9 million claims. “Those newly forced to rely on Universal Credit will experience a major hit to their living standards,” said the IPPR in a press release.
Meanwhile 8.7 million workers have been furloughed, with many taking a 20% pay cut and at increased risk of redundancy as state support is scaled back later this year.
Household surveys suggest many others including self-employed workers have seen hours slashed or incomes dry up during the pandemic. The IPPR’s research is based on Bank of England estimates that unemployment could reach almost 10% in the final three months of the year.
Although this paints a bleak picture during a very uncertain year, Evolve hope to bring some good news for those who are claiming benefits.
Due to government initiatives anyone who claims a means tested benefit will be eligible for free energy efficiency measures for their home including:
- Loft insulation
- Cavity Wall insulation
- And possibly even a new boiler
A properly insulated and heated home will save you money on your energy bills and keep your home warmer. And a warmer home has proven health benefits.
If you call us today, we will book a free no obligation survey to see what measures you qualify for. We can get the work done quickly, easily and safely using our zero-contact appointment policy.
So take advantage of this opportunity and get in touch today:
0800 292 2554
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