The Solicitors’ Charity (SBA) has today announced applications are open and it is already processing payments to the first applicants of its £1,000,000 Personal Hardship Fund, designed to support solicitors who find themselves in serious financial difficulty, following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Nick Gallagher, CEO of The Solicitors’ Charity said: “We’re delighted to announce that the fund is now open for applications and that solicitors are already applying for funds despite only opening the fund yesterday. We hope this will provide some relief and reduce some of the stress and worry that many in the legal profession are currently experiencing.”
Full details on eligibility are available on the COVID-19 Support Hub. However, included in the reasons why solicitors may need to apply for Personal Hardship Fund support are;
The Personal Hardship Fund requires applicants to be on or have been on, the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales. It also focuses strongly on getting money to those most in need, and so requires applicants to have accessible savings within their household of less than £2,500. It is also expected that applicants will have taken advantage of available help such as mortgage payment holidays and will have started the process of applying for any applicable welfare benefits.
The Fund has been announced alongside the launch of the charity’s online COVID-19 Support Hub which provides useful information, support and links to help individuals.
For more information on the Personal Hardship Fund, including eligibility and to see when applications to the fund have opened, please visit The Solicitors’ Charity COVID-19 Support Hub www.sba.org.uk/covid-19.
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