The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everybody and almost everything in our lives. The government rules that have stipulated that we must socially distance ourselves and only go out to work if it is essential, are meaning that the majority of the country is spending a lot of time a home – and for many, are unable to work.
As a student, this could be a very disruptive time as in addition to having to continue studying from home, and many also have part-time jobs to earn some extra income. And many of these jobs are in the hospitality industry – one that is amongst the hardest hit in the UK.
Government schemes such as the Employee Retention Scheme is helping businesses to stay afloat and for workers to carry on paying their bills through being ‘furloughed’. The rules say that when you are furloughed, the government will pay 80% towards your wages – with employers choosing whether to add on the extra 20%. The rules also say,...