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31 March 2020

Round up of coronavirus (Covid-19) advice

We will try to keep this page updated as far as possible in the coming weeks.

 

LATEST

SELF EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME (26 March 2020)

STAY AT HOME - FULL GUIDANCE (23 March 2020)

JOB RETENTION SCHEME AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES (22 March 2020)

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ADVICE AND RESOURCES

HEALTH

World Health Organisation

NHS UK

SAMH Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing 

 

UK GOVERNMENT

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 0159 559.

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 2020)

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 coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 

VisitScotland advice

Creative Scotland advice

Edinburgh Council advice

 

EMPLOYMENT/LEGAL AND OTHER ADVICE

ACAS - the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Anderson Strathern advice for employers and The Job Retention Scheme

Harper Macleod coronavirus advice for business

Lewis Silkin - Furloughing employees: what does it mean for employers?

Citizens 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 rights

 

 

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

CBI 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 (25 March)

Booksellers. Booksellers Association advice and resources for its members.

Bookshops. Find out what your local bookshop is doing to serve their communities on our Bookshop Information page on BooksfromScotland.com.

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS)

Independent Publishers Guild. Covid-19: how IPG members are responding (blog).

Publishers Association. Resources - Coronavirus.