Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Apprentices

Skills Development Scotland are providing the following Covid-19 FAQs for Apprentices: https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/pupils-learners-and-apprentices/

Businesses

Scottish Government Advice: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

Scottish Government Business Helpline:
https://www.gov.scot/news/covid-19-helpline-for-scottish-businesses/

Scottish Government Business Support:
https://news.gov.scot/news/gbp-1-billion-business-support-fund-opens

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses#support-for-businesses-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/

Business Gateway provide the following advice: https://www.bgateway.com/news/guidance-for-business-owners-in-scotland-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Scottish Enterprise Business Continuity Advice : https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/learning-zone/business-guides/components-folder/business-guides-listing/covid-19-advice-for-businesses-in-scotland

City Council

GCC Updates: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/coronavirus

Council Tax

Funding available for councils to meet increase in applications for the existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

Citizens Advice Scotland – Council Tax Reduction Scheme: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/help-with-your-council-tax-council-tax-reduction-s/council-tax-reduction-making-an-application-s/council-tax-reduction-are-you-eligible-s/

Creative Sector

Creative Scotland Advice: https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/02/coronavirus-advice

Debtors

Supporting those affected by debt: https://www.gov.scot/news/supporting-those-affected-by-debt/

Dentistry

British Dental Association Guidance: https://bda.org/advice/Coronavirus/Pages/latest-updates.aspx

Domestic abuse

Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: https://sdafmh.org.uk/

Rape Crisis Covid-19 textline and helpline: https://twitter.com/rapecrisisscot/status/1242768405981208578

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre: https://www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk/news/covid-19coronavirus-info/covid-19-support-available-for-women-experiencing-abuse/

Schools

Guidance for parents and families: https://news.gov.scot/news/supporting-parents-and-families

Childcare provision for key workers: https://news.gov.scot/news/childcare-provision-for-key-workers

Update on School Closures and Exams: https://news.gov.scot/news/update-on-school-closures-and-exams

Energy

Energy Saving Trust: https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland/news/home-energy-scotland-%E2%80%93-covid-19-update-customers

Emergency Powers

New emergency powers adopted by MSPs are outlined here: https://news.gov.scot/news/emergency-coronavirus-powers

Health

The latest NHS updates to the public are available on NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Health Protection Scotland outline the latest advice to professionals and organisations: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

Housing

Shelter Scotland Advice: https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/scottish_housing_advice_coronavirus_COVID_19

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.

Volunteering

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are currently recruiting volunteers, you can help out at: https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/working-with-us/volunteering/

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: https://coronavirus.scvo.org/

Ready Scotland: https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/helping-in-your-community/

Homeowners

The Money Advice Service has details on Mortgage Holidays: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/mortgage-payment-holidays

Tenants

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations have confirmed there will be no evictions as a result of Covid-19 related financial difficulties: https://www.sfha.co.uk/news/news-category/sfha-news/news-article/sfha-no-housing-association-tenant-will-be-evicted-due-to-coronavirus

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.”

Insurance

First Minster’s response to FMQ on Business Insurance, 19th March: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12591&i=113830&c=2251718#ScotParlOR

Statement from Association of British Insurers on Covid-19 insurance: https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/2020/03/statement-on-business-insurance-and-coronavirus/

ABI Covid-19 Q+A: https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/coronavirus-hub/

Justice

Statement from Chief Constable: https://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2020/march/chief-constable-statement-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus

Scottish Courts & Tribunals advice on business changes: https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/

Crown Office and Proculator Fiscal Service advice to 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

Suspension on prison visiting: https://www.familiesoutside.org.uk/families/visiting-prison/

Key Workers

Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need: https://news.gov.scot/news/childcare-provision-for-key-workers

School and ELC closures – guidance for key workers: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus—school-and-elc-closures-guidance-on-critical-childcare-provision-for-key-workers/

Nurses and Midwifes

Royal College of Nursing Updates: https://www.rcn.org.uk/get-help/rcn-advice/covid-19

Motorists

UK Government MOT advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

Older People

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

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

Rural

NFUS advice to farmers: https://www.nfus.org.uk/coronavirus.aspx

Seafood industry advice from Seafish: https://www.seafish.org/article/coronavirus-updates-for-the-seafood-industry

Self employed

Scottish Government’s call for more action to help self-employed: https://news.gov.scot/news/call-for-action-to-help-self-employed

HMRC Helpline for self-employed people and businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19

UK Government release on DWP support, including for the self-employed: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

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

Small Businesses

Details of support for businesses including “one-off £10,000 grant to ratepayers of small businesses”: https://news.gov.scot/news/gbp-1-billion-business-support-fund-opens

FSB advice: https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Social Security

Universal Credit advice on social security for those with Covid-19: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

Entitledto advice: https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/coronavirus_help

Turn2us advice: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/get-support/Benefits-and-Coronavirus-new

Travel

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

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

Testing

COVID-19 testing to get key workers back to work: https://news.gov.scot/news/covid-19-testing-to-get-key-workers-back-to-work

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

Third Sector

SCVO advice: https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus

£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.

Workers

Protecting workers during coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.scot/news/protecting-workers-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

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

House of Commons blog on Employment Rights: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/social-policy/health/coronavirus-employment-rights-and-sick-pay/

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: https://spice-spotlight.scot/2020/03/25/coronavirus-covid-19-constituency-support-updated-19-march-2020/

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