September 1, 2020

Education Secretary John Swinney MSP has asked local authority directors of education and head teachers to share more information on coronavirus to parents and carers. 

In addition, Scotland’s National Clinical Director Dr Jason Leitch has written an open letter for parents with answers about when children need to be tested. 

Cold-like Symptoms...

August 28, 2020

More people will benefit from free debt advice following investment from the SNP Government.

New funding of £2.4 million will be distributed among advice organisations to expand their services and invest in more effective methods to help individuals with problem debt.

The investment will assist projects offering face to face advice using video cal...

August 25, 2020

In light of the latest scientific and public health advice, including World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, face coverings should now (unless exemptions apply) be worn: 

  • in secondary schools, by adults and all pupils moving around the school, such as in corridors and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain;


August 11, 2020

Scotland’s future workforce will be at the heart of rebuilding the economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Announcing £10 million for a range of measures to recruit and retain apprentices, including additional funding for the SNP Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme, Ms Hyslop said the funding would help modern and graduate...

July 28, 2020

A new funding stream for the independent museums sector to help bolster resilience following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

The £4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund will provide support for Scotland’s museums and galleries and will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotl...

July 23, 2020

People who have been advised to shield because of COVID-19, will no longer have to do so from Saturday 01 August.

Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith, outlining updated guidance as well as the pause in shielding, which is possible due to the continuing low levels of COVID-19 infection in Scotland.


July 22, 2020

Children under the age of five who are displaying potential coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are now eligible for testing.

Until earlier this week, children under five with potential COVID-19 symptoms were not being routinely tested and a test was only carried out if there was a pressing clinical need to do so.

Now, with childcare settings reopenin...

July 16, 2020

The COVID-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues has published scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and the resumption of school transport.

The advice will inform the development of comprehensive guidance on how to ensure the safe re-opening of schools for learners, teachers and families. This includes a package...

July 16, 2020

Places of worship are re-opening for congregational worship and prayer and religious life event ceremonies on 15 July and guidance has been published to help them prepare.

Key measures include:

• Restrictions on capacity so that a safe distance of at least 2 metres can be maintained between individuals from different household groups. No...

July 14, 2020

Scottish Ministers have agreed that North Ayrshire’s coastal communities will receive £118,852 of revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets over 2018/19.

Allocations will be paid by the end of July 2020, providing vital support for responding to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is a 35% increase on the £88,162.5...

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