Chris works full time and owns his own home, however, like thousands of people across the UK he was furloughed in April 2020 due to Covid19.
I usually work lots of overtime to increase my monthly wage, so when I was furloughed my wage dropped significantly.
Chris had never claimed benefits before and wasn't sure what he needed to do. He contacted the Kirklees Covid Response team who explained there was help to support him and he was referred to The Welcome Centre for a food pack. Cath, Advocacy, Guidance and Support Manager at The Welcome Centre called Chris to see what other support he needed.
When I was furloughed I received 80% of my basic wage, but normally to manage my mortgage and other bills I do lots of overtime. With just the furlough payment I was nearly 40% down on my regular income and struggling to pay my mortgage and other bills.
Cath helped Chris apply for a wage top-up with Universal Credit which covered his mortgage interest payments and stopped him getting into arrears as well as applying for a council tax reduction. He received 5 weekly food packs whilst his Universal Credit was put in place.
As of now I'm still furloughed but hope to return to work soon. (October 2020)