Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Friday 20 March

We are facing a very uncertain time with the outbreak of Covid-19 and we all have our part to play. Responding to the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of the greatest national importance and the scale of the challenge in front of us all is truly without precedent.

Can I take this opportunity to encourage everyone to follow all guidance issued by the Scottish Government regarding Covid-19 and the measures we can all take to safeguard and support ourselves, family, friends and the wider community.

The Scottish Government has made several statements this week in response to the situation to offer guidance, support and reassurance in these unprecedented times.

The situation is changing rapidly and I wanted to let you know that although I have cancelled all face to face surgeries and meetings and closed the constituency office you can contact me either by email at Sandra.White.msp@parliament.scot or telephone on 0141 339 7693 and 0131 348 5688.

I have set out some key primary sources of advice and guidance below, and would encourage you to keep checking these websites, to keep up to date with any changes:

Scottish Government

Coronavirus in Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Inform

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Health, welfare and social security

NHS Inform

Information for the public in Scotland regarding the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommended steps people should take if they suspect they have the virus.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Scottish Government £350 million fund to support welfare and wellbeing

Helping communities affected by COVID-19 (councils, charities, businesses and community groups)

https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

Age Scotland

Advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/

Health Protection Scotland

Guidance for healthcare professionals in Scotland. Health Protection Scotland has issued a range of guidance documents on COVID-19. Including guidance on the management of patients presenting to primary care:

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

World Health Organization (WHO)

Rolling global update:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Care Inspectorate

Registration and regulation of all care services (including childcare services)

https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals

Scottish Social Services Council

Regulator and register of social care staff

https://news.sssc.uk.com/news/how-we-will-continue-to-regulate-in-light-of-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

British Dental Association

Live updates: Coronavirus and dentistry

https://bda.org/advice/Coronavirus/Pages/latest-updates.aspx

Business and employment

Scottish Government Helpline

Helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.gov.scot/news/covid-19-helpline-for-scottish-businesses/

Business Gateway

Help for business owners and their employees to find information on how to deal with concerns about coronavirus in the workplace:

https://www.bgateway.com/news/guidance-for-business-owners-in-scotland-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Business Support in Scotland

FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot is a partnership service. A specific coronavirus business continuity page is available at: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/

Scottish Government workplace advice in non-healthcare settings

Workplace advice in non-healthcare settings, including tips that apply to people working in hotels and hospitality, leisure facilities, entertainment venues and premises used by community groups.

https://news.gov.scot/news/workplace-advice-contained-in-new-coronavirus-guidance  

UK Government Guidance for Employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

UK Government Guidance for Employers (and businesses)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

House of Commons blog on employment rights:

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/social-policy/health/coronavirus-employment-rights-and-sick-pay/

Citizens Advice Scotland has advice for self-employed people: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Housing 

The Scottish Housing Regulator regulates to protect the interests of people who receive the services of social landlords as well as protect the interests of tenants, people who are homeless, and others who use social landlords’ services.  It has made changes to its regulatory approach in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.housingregulator.gov.scot/about-us/news/regulator-makes-immediate-changes-to-its-regulatory-approach-in-response-to-coronavirus

Money Advice Service

Information on how mortgage payment holidays work and the circumstances in which you might be granted one: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/mortgage-payment-holidays

Education 

Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID19) and impact on education

https://www.gov.scot/publications/statement-covid19-managing-impacts-scottish-education/

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on August 2020 certification:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service

Advice on business changes:

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service

Information for those due to attend court:

https://www.copfs.gov.uk/media-site-news-from-copfs/1875-coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-those-due-to-attend-court

Scottish Prison Service

Advice for Prison visitors:

http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/News/News-6838.aspx

Energy Saving Trust

Advice for home heating and energy use by people staying home to work or to avoid picking up the coronavirus:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland/news/home-energy-scotland-–-covid-19-status-update-customers

British Retail Consortium

The BRC have produced a ‘Coronovirus Hub’ to provide operational guidance on issues like HR, competition law and cash flow:

http://brc.org.uk/coronavirus/

Transport Scotland

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on transport:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/coronavirus-covid-19/

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

National Travel Health Network and Centre

General advice on preparing for foreign travel and how everyone can reduce the spread of respiratory viruses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/499/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-general-advice-for-travellers

NHS Fit for Travel

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad:

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/disease-prevention-advice/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Traveline Scotland

Information on public transport in Scotland https://www.travelinescotland.com/coronavirus

Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to our keyworkers who are and will continue to be under extreme pressure for the foreseeable future. We face a shared national challenge – and we will need a collective national endeavour to meet it. We all have a part to play

 

 

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