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SELF EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME (26
STAY AT HOME - FULL GUIDANCE (23 March
JOB RETENTION SCHEME AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR
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ADVICE AND RESOURCES
World Health Organisation
SAMH Coronavirus and your mental
Emergency powers. The UK Government has published guidance on
the Coronavirus Bill - its emergency powers
legislation: What the Coronavirus Bill will do (17 March
2020). For the Bill and reports on its progress, see the UK Parliament website.
UK Government response
Chancellor announces additional support to protect
businesses (17 March 2020)
Tax helpline to support businesses affected by
coronavirus (COVID-19): If you run a business or are
self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to
coronavirus, you can call HMRC's helpline for help and advice: 0800
Companies can apply to receive 3-month extension
to file accounts during Covid-19 (25 March)
FCO travel advice
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT/SCOTTISH ORGANISATIONS
Effective 'lockdown' introduced (23 March
Scottish Government response/advice
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has confirmed £2.2billion would
be available to support businesses and also pledged to replicate
the UK government's measures in full. See Scottish Government website(18 March). The £2.2
billion package of support for business supersedes the
£320 million package announced on 14 March and includes an
additional £1.9 billion of increased support following the
Chancellor's announcement on 17 March.
Scottish Government announces additional £350 million welfare and well-being
support (18 March 2020)
Help with non-domestic rates in Scotland during
Scottish Enterprise helpline Get in touch Mon-Fri, 8.30am
- 5.30pm on 0300 303 0660 or see Coronavirus Support for Businesses.
Brexit. The Scottish Parliament's Information Centre
(SPICe) publishes reports on the UK's exit from the EU - Brexit updates. The latest issue reports
how COVID-19 has led to a disruption in the negotiations, and
discusses the question of extending the transition period:
see Issue 3 (26 March 2020).
Business Gateway advice
Creative Scotland advice
Edinburgh Council advice
EMPLOYMENT/LEGAL AND OTHER ADVICE
ACAS - the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration
Anderson Strathern advice for
employers and The Job Retention Scheme
Harper Macleod coronavirus advice for
Lewis Silkin - Furloughing employees: what does it
mean for employers?
Advice Scotland and their service checkmycounciltax.scot is a service for
checking for rebates etc on council tax payments
Money Saving Expert advice on consumer
BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS AND CHARITIES
Business planning advice from the Federation of Small
Businesses: COVID-19: Advice and guidance for small businesses
and the self-employed
Creative Industries Federation advice
Virtual board meetings. Charity Commission advice for trustee meetings
during Covid-19 situation.
Third Sector Resilience Fund. £20m
emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises
and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.
BOOK SECTOR AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
See The Bookseller article of 20 March 2020 by Katie Mansfield:
Trade rallies to launch emergency hardship funds
for authors and booksellers.
Authors. Authors Emergency Fund to help
support authors impacted financially by the growing health
crisis. See also Society of Authors response.
BBC Culture in Quarantine Programme announced
Booksellers. Booksellers Association advice and resources for
Bookshops. Find out what your local bookshop is
doing to serve their communities on our Bookshop Information page on
Trade Charity (BTBS)
Independent Publishers Guild. Covid-19: how IPG members are responding
Publishers Association. Resources - Coronavirus.