Finance, Benefits & Employment 

Food Vouchers (Free School Meals)

Children eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers as an alternative if they can no longer attend school due to corona virus measures

Contact the Department of Educations for further info

t: 0370 000 2288     


Step Change - Finance and benefits advice

Online and telephone support service. Provides advice on what to do if you're worried about your finances, whether you've already been affected by the situation, or you're concerned they will be. 

You can find information about benefits you might be entitled to if coronavirus affects your finances, as well as how any benefits you currently receive could be affected.

Employment Opportunities - Supermarkets 

You may have heard that many major supermarket chains including Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tescos, Aldi, Asda, Lidl and the Co-op have all started recruitment campaigns fill extra vacancies.

Roles range from in-store customer service and delivery drivers through to finance and supervisory positions.

How to apply 

A few supermarkets are encouraging people to approach local stores directly with their CV and their proof of right to work in the UK, however most would prefer applications online

Free employment advice

If you would like help on how to complete online applications, write a CV or tips on interview preparation, our team can help.

Peabody’s Employment and Training team are still offering free expert advice either over the phone or online. To get in touch, email:

Help for Gas and Electricity

Phone your supplier and tell them if you are self-isolating. Different suppliers are offering different support with some posting out 2 weeks worth of gas/electricity or if you are on a smart meter they will top it up. Phone your supplier: 
British Gas 0333 202 9802
EDF 0333 200 5100
Eon 0345 052 000
N Power 0800 073 3000
Scottish Power 0800 027 0072
SSE 0345 026 2658

Council Tax Reduction/Council Tax Support

Check to see if your local authority offers council tax reduction or council tax support. This varies from local authority and will depend on your income, size and make up of household and dependants.


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