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The Solicitors’ Charity’s new £1,000,000 Personal Hardship Fund for solicitors opens

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.

Solicitors can apply for a portion of the fund by visiting the charity’s new online COVID-19 Support Hub and completing the application form online ensuring they meet the eligibility criteria.

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;

  • Being placed on SSP due to self-isolation
  • If their employment status has been changed (and they are not supported by the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme)
  • If a person is self-employed, unable to practise and ineligible for Government help or can’t manage during the delay in the help getting to them.

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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Notes to editors

  • The Solicitors’ Charity (SBA) is an independent charity working for solicitors both past and present and their families.
  • It financially assists solicitors and their families who are in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or other adversity.
  • It determines ‘serious financial need’ by using research produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘Minimum Income Standard’.
  • Formerly known as The Solicitors Benevolent Association, it has been working at the heart of the legal profession for over 160 years.
  • The Solicitors’ Charity (SBA) has 13 trustees whose personal profiles can be found here.

 

For more information:

Website: www.sba.org.uk

Twitter: @SBACharity

For all media enquiries:

Bex Pearce

bex@carswellgould.co.uk

023 8023 8001

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