UK celebrates 12th anniversary of lockdown – Forbes Advisor UK
The UK today celebrated the first anniversary of the first national lockdown with a minute of silence in memory of those who have lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today (March 23), the official death toll from coronavirus stands at 126,172, according to government figures, compared to 364 on the same date last year.
Effect on jobs
The toll the pandemic took to the economy a year after the lockdown was also highlighted today by new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
It showed that around 1.7 million people were unemployed in the three months to January 2021, about 360,000 more than in the same period a year ago.
The ONS reported slight increases in the number of salaried employees between January and February of this year, with an increase of 68,000 people.
However, this still means that 693,000 fewer people were in paid employment in February 2021, compared to February 2020. And it is the under-25s who have been hit the hardest, contributing more than 60% of that drop. .
Indeed, the jobs website said struggling job seekers hope to find work in industries currently supposed to “ unlock ” first.
Jobs in sport have increased by 44% in the last two weeks before outdoor sports in England resume from March 29, while job opportunities in the beauty and clothing sectors Website wellness increased 39% before the industry reopened on April 12.
Debt related to Covid
In its busiest year ever, Citizens Advice said its self-help advice pages had received more than 60 million views since the start of the pandemic, while its frontline advisers had helped over two million people remotely, for a total of 18 per minute.
The charity said inquiries about wills, layoffs and universal credit have all increased in the past 12 months, although the number of people seeking debt advice has fallen sharply. during the first lockdown in light of the government’s emergency financial measures.
He added, however, that since June, the number of people learning about debt and CCJs has steadily increased.
Government assistance around mortgages, loans and credit card payments for those suffering from the coronavirus, is available until March 31.
Two sides of a coin
However, for those fortunate enough to keep their health and jobs alive during the pandemic, the past year has been a chance to pocket some extra cash.
According to our own research, 84% of adults have acquired or deepened their saving habit in the past 12 months, with two in five saying they have managed to put more money aside in the past year than they would have in the past. other times.
Another third (32%) managed to save as much as usual during the same period, and almost one in 10 (8%) have actually started saving since the pandemic took hold.
Savings were made possible by the fact that new home workers do not have to pay substantial travel expenses, as well as associated expenses such as store-bought lunches and hot drinks.
The ban on non-essential foreign travel remains in place. And, from next week, a fee of £ 5,000 will be imposed on anyone attempting to travel abroad without a valid reason under the new coronavirus laws.
Under current plans to ease restrictions, the earliest date Britons could go abroad is May 17. However, an outbreak of new cases of Covid in Europe, coupled with growing fears about a third wave, is fueling the possibility of extending that date.