Covid-19 employment help and advice

Local support is available to help you find work if you’ve lost your job. And government schemes to pay you while your job is on hold due to coronavirus are still in place. 

If you are unemployed and looking for work

You can find jobs and apprenticeships for local people on our employment site Opportunity Lambeth. For support and advice, call the Opportunity Lambeth hotline on 020 7926 0500.

You can also join the Central London Works employment support programme. It is a free service and includes a dedicated caseworker who will support you to find employment. They can also help you with direct access to tailored health and mental health advice from professionals via digital meetings or phone appointments. The programme may also be able to help you with access to other services and support such as foodbank vouchers and benefits advice.

If you are employed

If you are an employee who is currently or potentially impacted by coronavirus we recommend you read the government’s advice for employees. The government’s support includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also called furlough. If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll. You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500. The scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

If you are self-employed

The government offers a package of support for self-employed people affected by coronavirus.

If you are self-employed you may be eligible for a taxable grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme. It is worth 80% of your trading profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. Other support available could include claiming Universal Credit and deferring Self Assessment tax payments.

The council and government offer support for businesses that some self-employed people may qualify for, including business rate relief and cash grants. See Covid-19 information for businesses to find out more.