Staying at home

GOV.UK’s website provides guidance for employees around staying at home; working from home and sick pay.

Screenshot of the GOV.UK's guidance for employees page banner off it's website.

Key workers

The GOV.UK website provides the government’s guidance on those personnel who fall into the Key Worker category.

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Please note, it is caveated with a number of key principles and the restriction:

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

The RAF is now seeking guidance via the Covid-19 Cell regarding the definition of individuals as “critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic” and will confirm when it will be issued to stns. (As at 20 March 2020.)

Source: RAF Chief Community Development Advisor

HMRC Support to businesses or those self employed

HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

See also the Department for Work and Pensions general supporting info.

Online Learning

Chatter Pack

Chatter Pack is offering many links to all sorts of things to do including online learning, all sorts of podcasts, health and wellbeing routes. Follow on Twitter @ChatterPackUK

Chatter Pack's poster for free online activities and resources

Google Digital Garage

Why not take this time to update your digital skillset and step yourself through Google’s online courses, designed for you to grow your career or business. Select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.

Image from Google's digital garage showing two ladies sat at a laptop with Google Digital Garage's colourful branding on the laptop cover.

Employment Support

Forces Families Jobs

As well as advertising job vacancies by forces friendly employers, Forces Families Jobs (FFJs) also offers all sorts of information around training opportunities, many of which are free.

Forces Families Jobs logo

LifeWorks Families

The face-to-face workshops might not be running but did you know LifeWorks Families can offer remote online support as well as over the phone? So if you are in need of employment support, contact the team at lifeworks@rbli.co.uk, call 0800 319 6844 or visit the website.

Screenshot of the LifeWorks 'How does it help' section of its website.

You can read about LifeWorks in the RAF FF’s latest edition of Envoy magazine (pg 50).

General government advice and information on all issues around the coronavirus is available online.

See other general information on the RAF FF’s online Employment and Training section.