Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin


Skills Development Scotland are providing the following Covid-19 FAQs for Apprentices:


Scottish Government Advice:

Scottish Government Business Helpline:

Scottish Government Business Support:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:

Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19):

Business Gateway provide the following advice:

Scottish Enterprise Business Continuity Advice :

City Council

GCC Updates:

Council Tax

Funding available for councils to meet increase in applications for the existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme:

Citizens Advice Scotland – Council Tax Reduction Scheme:

Creative Sector

Creative Scotland Advice:


Supporting those affected by debt:


British Dental Association Guidance:

Domestic abuse

Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline:

Rape Crisis Covid-19 textline and helpline:

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre:


Guidance for parents and families:

Childcare provision for key workers:

Update on School Closures and Exams:


Energy Saving Trust:

Emergency Powers

New emergency powers adopted by MSPs are outlined here:


The latest NHS updates to the public are available on NHS Inform:

Health Protection Scotland outline the latest advice to professionals and organisations:


Shelter Scotland Advice:

On homelessness, the Cabinet Secretary has released a Statement on Response on Homelessness, and a £350 million fund has been announced to support welfare and wellbeing, including homelessness.


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are currently recruiting volunteers, you can help out at:

Scottish voluntary organisations have created a directory where you can seek further information on giving and receiving support – find out more at the SCVO Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory:

Ready Scotland:


The Money Advice Service has details on Mortgage Holidays:


The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations have confirmed there will be no evictions as a result of Covid-19 related financial difficulties:

18th March: Cabinet Secretary announces that the notice period required for evictions for rent arrears would increase from 3 to 6 months.

25th March: Cabinet Secretary announces the Scottish Government are taking action on “the extension of the notice period for the majority of grounds [for eviction] to six months is in order to give effect to our desire for no one to lose their house over the actions that are being taken in our attempts to cope with the pandemic.”


First Minster’s response to FMQ on Business Insurance, 19th March:

Statement from Association of British Insurers on Covid-19 insurance:

ABI Covid-19 Q+A:


Statement from Chief Constable:

Scottish Courts & Tribunals advice on business changes:

Crown Office and Proculator Fiscal Service advice to those due to attend court:

Suspension on prison visiting:

Key Workers

Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need:

School and ELC closures – guidance for key workers:—school-and-elc-closures-guidance-on-critical-childcare-provision-for-key-workers/

Nurses and Midwifes

Royal College of Nursing Updates:


UK Government MOT advice:

Older People

Age Scotland advice:

Personal Protective Equipment

First Minister’s FMQ Response on PPE, 19th March

Religious groups

Social distancing advice to “minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations”.

Specific announcements :
Church of Scotland
Catholic church in Scotland
Scottish Episcopal Church
Muslim Council of Britain
Board of Deputies of British Jews


NFUS advice to farmers:

Seafood industry advice from Seafish:

Self employed

Scottish Government’s call for more action to help self-employed:

HMRC Helpline for self-employed people and businesses:

UK Government release on DWP support, including for the self-employed:

Citizens Advice Scotland advice:

Small Businesses

Details of support for businesses including “one-off £10,000 grant to ratepayers of small businesses”:

FSB advice:

Social Security

Universal Credit advice on social security for those with Covid-19:

Entitledto advice:

Turn2us advice:


Domestic: Transport Scotland:

International: FCO:


COVID-19 testing to get key workers back to work:

First Minster’s FMQ response on testing, 25th March

Third Sector

SCVO advice:

£20 million allocated to a Third Sector Resilience Fund, to help ensure the health and continued viability of the third sector organisations affected by cash flow and other problems, which have a key role to play in our national response.


Protecting workers during coronavirus outbreak:

UK Government Guidance for Employees:

House of Commons blog on Employment Rights:

Scottish Parliament Research

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre are also providing the following policy briefings across a wide range of sectors and devolved policy theme areas which you may find useful:

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