CONSIDER FINANCIAL WELLBEING DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is encouraging people to pay extra attention to their financial wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, and to consider what protective steps they can take now to avoid money worries later on.
With coronavirus likely to cause disruption for a significant amount of time this year, the government-backed organisation is urging people to spend some time planning ahead to reduce the impact on their finances, as part of online guidance being published today.
Coronavirus is causing unexpected changes of plan and expenses for almost everyone but people who could face the biggest financial impact include those who are self-employed and cannot work due to illness; people facing reduced hours and job insecurity; and those who are close to retirement.
MaPS guidance to everyone, no matter their situation, is that they should review their finances now, to help them avoid running into difficulty down the track.
Nick Hill, money expert at the Money and Pensions Service said:
“We know that many people are worried about their own and their loved ones’ physical health at the moment, but it’s vital people think about how coronavirus could impact their financial wellbeing too. While this is likely to be a stressful situation for many people, there are steps you can take now to prepare yourself to deal with any financial challenges, and to hopefully give you peace of mind during the coming months.
“A good starting point is to do an emergency budget and check what savings you have to bridge any gaps. You should also check with your bank, insurers and providers such as energy companies to see what support they can offer. If you still think you will struggle to make ends meet, there are free support services available to help you online and over the phone, whether you’re facing an emergency cash shortfall or you’re worried about debt.
“This crisis has happened very quickly and people may be looking at using credit or borrowing to tide them over. Some forms of borrowing can be very expensive so it’s vital people take time to understand all the options before they make a decision.
“This is also a very worrying time for people with pension savings, especially if they’re approaching retirement. The key thing is not to panic – you should avoid sudden decisions and get independent guidance or advice to help you weather the storm.”
MaPS covers the following guidance on the Money Advice Service website for people to manage their finances during the coronavirus outbreak:
For more information visit the Money Advice Service website page Coronavirus and Your Money.
There is also a Money Advice Service Facebook Group for people to talk about their money worries related to coronavirus, which will also include useful tips: Coronavirus and your money