Our Island, Our Future

BBC 4 PODCAST with Paul Lewis

9th May 2020

Useful 30-minute Podcast covering mortgages, advice on how to claim for support from the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, how to claim back ‘working from home’ costs and holiday refunds advice. 

Pandemic-related salary cuts and being furloughed could affect your ability to get a mortgage. What will mortgage providers take into account – your previous normal salary or your 80% rate? And will job types in sectors hit badly by the coronavirus now be deemed less desirable by lenders? We hear your stories and get advice from Martin Stewart, Director of the independent mortgage broker, London Money.  

Millions of self-employed workers are being offered help through the government’s new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). But Money Box listeners say they’ve experienced problems with the SEISS online checker and complain they’ve been wrongly rejected. We discover what’s going on with the scheme and hear from the chief executive of HMRC, Jim Harra – the man in charge.  

Many of us are being forced to work from home during the pandemic and that can mean extra costs for the employee. We find out from Heather Self, Tax Director at Blick Rothenberg, how your employer can offset your extra costs and what you can claim against tax.  

Good news for some Virgin Money customers who had their credit cards frozen this week and there’s a cancelled holiday chargeback success story in the Money Box podcast.  

To listen to the podcast, click on the link below  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j133

If you require any further information regarding funding, please contact 

Alison Clark  

Covid-19 Response Coordinator 

Tiree Community Development Trust  

E: alison@tireetrust.org.uk 

T: 07741 489 959