Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial support

Support is available for individuals, businesses and other organisations that have suffered financially due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Financial support for businesses

A range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. You will receive some automatically and will have to apply for others.

GOV.UK: financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) lists the types of financial support you can get for your business.

The government has created a support-finder to help you find the financial support available for your business – go to GOV.UK: find coronavirus financial support for your business.

We have provided direct links to some of this support below:

Our business rates pages have information on:

  • further assistance with business rates provided by Thurrock Council
  • sending contact and payment details for access to government cash grants

Financial support for the self-employed

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals – including members of partnerships – whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). It will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

For full details, go to GOV.UK: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Additionally, we are providing financial assistance for the self-employed in the form of deferred council tax payments.

Financial support for care providers

A summary of our financial support for care providers can be downloaded below.

Financial support for charities

The government has announced a £5 million grant to help mental health charities that support people struggling with their mental health. The fund will be administered by Mind – the mental health charity. Go to Mind: government announces support for mental health during coronavirus outbreak.

The organisations below offer grants to help charities deal with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Organisation and fund Description
Essex Community Foundation
Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme
Getting emergency funding to voluntary and community organisations in Thurrock, Essex and Southend. Grants of up to £15,000 are available.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
CAF coronavirus emergency fund
Helping smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
Neighbourly
COVID-19 Community Fund
Grants for Neighbourly causes that support members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill-health as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Financial support for arts

Arts Council England is making £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals who will need it during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

For full details, go to Arts Council England: COVID-19 support.

Financial support for individuals

For full government advice on sick pay and benefits for individuals, go to GOV.UK: Universal Credit – coronavirus and claiming benefits.

Further support is available via:

We will send new council tax bills automatically to anyone claiming council tax support. These will show a £150 reduction in the bill due to money paid from the government’s Coronavirus Hardship Relief fund.

If you are waiting for a Council Tax Support Assessment, you are able to defer making payments towards your current council tax bill until your application has been assessed.

Universal Credit claimants can apply for a discount of up to 75% on their council tax bill.

The government's complete ban on evictions, which was first announced on 18 March, has been extended until 23 August 2020. During this period, your rent will still be charged as usual. Council tenants should read our coronavirus (COVID-19) rent advice.