• Kenneth Gibson MSP

COVID-19 Helpful Links



Apprentices


Covid-19 FAQs for Apprentices



Businesses


Scot Gov Advice for Businesses


Business Gateway advice


Scottish Enterprise advice


Scottish Government Release on Business Helpline


£1bn Business Support Fund opens


£2.2bn for Business


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


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



Council Tax


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

CAS advice on Council Tax Reduction Scheme



Creative Sector


Creative Scotland advice



Debtors


Supporting those affected by debt



Dentistry


British Dental Association guidance



Domestic abuse


Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline


Rape Crisis Covid-19 textline and helpline



Education


Guidance for parents and families


Childcare provision for key workers


Update on School Closures and Exams



Energy


Energy Saving Trust advice for home heating and energy use during COVID-19



Emergency Powers


Details of emergency powers



Health


Health advice from NHS Inform


Advice for professionals and organisations



Housing and Homelessness


Shelter advice page


Cabinet Secretary Statement Response on Homelessness


£350 million fund to support welfare and wellbeing, inc homelessness



Homeowners


Money Advice Service on mortgage holidays



Tenants


SFHA: No social housing tenant evictions during Covid-19


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 SG 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


Statement from Association of British Insurers on Covid-19 insurance


ABI Covid-19 Q+A



Justice


Statement from Chief Constable


Scottish Courts & Tribunals advice on business changes


COPFS 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



Local authorities


North Ayrshire Council COVID-19 updates



Nurses and Midwives


RCN guidance



Motorists


UK Government MOT advice



Older People


Age Scotland advice



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


First Minister’s FMQ Response on PPE, 19 March



Religious groups


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



Religious Groups - Specific announcements


Church of Scotland


Catholic church in Scotland


Scottish Episcopal Church


Muslim Council of Britain



Rural


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



Travel


Transport Scotland


Foreign & Commonwealth Office



Testing


COVID-19 testing to get key workers back to work


First Minster’s FMQ response on testing, 25 March



Third Sector


Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (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



Volunteering


Information on Ready Scotland website



Workers


Protecting workers during coronavirus outbreak


UK Government Guidance for Employees


House of Commons blog on Employment Rights



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