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Derbyshrie Job Centre Plus issues advice amid coronavirus concerns

A spokesperson for job centre plus in Derbyshire says they're doing all they can to help local residents during the uncertainty caused by Coronavirus.

Later we expect to hear more from the chancellor about support that will be offered to businesses to help them get through the next few weeks and months.

There have been warnings the economy could be living with the fallout for “a year or more" due to the advice for people to isolate themselves and avoid attending pubs, bars and theatres among other public places. 

There are also fears people on zero-hours contracts or those who are self-employed could lose out on income because of the latest measures.

Employer and partnership manager in Derbyshire, Anglea Stansfield has this advice: "We're advising people to go to the gov.uk universal credit site and we'll take it from there. 

"Under any normal circumstances there would be differences, but in this case we're just trying to ensure we can get money to people who need it as soon as possible.

"In terms of looking ahead to economic uncertainty in the future caused by the current measures, Angela said: "It's really hard to tell what the final impact is going to be. From our point of view, people who are concerned that their job might be in doubt, we do offer advice and guidance on that.

"We can give information on redundancy support  if that's the way it's going for people so I think it's just a case of keeping in touch with the news, what's going on the gov.uk website and talk to us if they're worried.

"And I think equally our other partners that can give help and advice like welfare rights and citizen's advice, all who will be there on the end of a phone to give people as much reassurance as possible that we can sort things out quickly for them."

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