The Licensed Trade Charity continues to support licensed trade people during this exceptionally difficult time.  Below we have collated links to useful updates and advice in relation to COVID-19 and links to organisations we work with who can offer support for issues you maybe facing: business, housing, mental health

Please continue to contact us as normal if you have any concerns. Our free helpline is open 24/7/365 on 0808 801 0550 for professional advice on any issues you may have, health, money or otherwise.

Short term hardship grants* for those in extreme financial hardship are available to licensed trade people.

  • Make sure you are claiming all and any benefits you are entitled to. Use our benefits calculator to help you.   We would advise you to talk to your employer about what support they can offer.  Call  our helpline 0808 801 0550 and talk to us about how we could help, we can’t replace 100% of your lost income due to COVID-19 but we may be able to offer a little help.  These links may also help with the benefits you may be entitled to:

Financial support* with rent or mortgage interest arrears and if you are at threat of losing your accommodation we can give practical help.

  • Talk to your financial providers (mortgage company and credit providers) to find out what measures they have in place for people whose income is affected during these unusual circumstances
  • Some mortgage lenders have already announced mortgage holiday up to 3 months
  • Talk to your landlord about your situation, it is better to be proactive than reactive
  • If your accommodation is tied to your pub speak to your employer first and you can also call our helpline
  • We also partner with Shelter who can give specialist advice*

* Financial support can be available to people who have been in the trade for 5 years or more and is means tested.

The following support is available to anyone in the licensed trade irrespective of how long they have worked in the licensed trade:

Emotional support for any worries that you have about you and your family’s are experiencing in the current economic climate.

  • Our 24/7/365 helpline team are there if you need on the spot support or someone to talk to
  • We can also offer access to 6 free telephone counselling sessions

Practical advice provided by trained CAB specialists giving guidance on varied issues:

  • Debt – which debts are a priority
  • Housing – your rights
  • Employment Law – your rights
  • Relationship Breakups – how to deal with this practically
  • Benefits – how to claim them and what you’re entitled to
  • Benefits Calculator – what support you and your family might be entitled to from the state

Mental (or emotional) Well-being. We know you are people people and self-isolating won’t be easy or come naturally and could affect your mental well-being.  

We know that the introduction of increased social distancing and self-isolation measures and the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants will hit our licensed trade sector hard.

infographic showing how the licensed trade charity are supporting the licensed trade during covid-19


Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health Support during COVID-19