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19 April 2021


We will try to keep this page updated as far as possible during the current crisis


RECOVERY LOAN SCHEME (RLS). The RLS provides financial support to businesses of any size. It was set up so they can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10 million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. (6 April 2021)

CREATIVE DIGITAL INITIATIVE (CDI) has been established to provide support to creative and cultural businesses to help them develop their digital capabilities in response to the limitations imposed by Covid-19. The CDI programme can be found at the Xpo North website. (23 March 2021)

TIMETABLE FOR FURTHER LOCKDOWN EASING. The First Minister has set out a timetable for the re-opening of parts of society in Scotland over the next two months. (16 March 2021)

HARDSHIP FUND FOR CREATIVE FREELANCERS. Applications to the fund have now closed, as all of the available funds have been allocated. (15 March 2021)

FURLOUGH SCHEME FURTHER EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 2021. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now run until the end of September 2021.

SELF EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME. Similarly, support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended, with a fifth and final grant covering May to September. The previously announced fourth grant covers February to April 2021. (3 March 2021)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2021. This updated Strategic Framework sets out how the Scottish Government plans to restore, in a phased way, greater normality to our everyday lives. (23 February 2021)
See also the BBC summary: Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon unveils 'cautious' route out of lockdown. (23 February 2021)

NON-DOMESTIC RATES RELIEF EXTENDED. Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses in Scotland will pay no rates during 2021-22 under proposals outlined by the Scottish Government. (16 February 2021)

NEWLY SELF-EMPLOYED HARDSHIP FUND. This Scottish Government scheme offers a one-off £4,000 payment for those whose status as being newly self-employed makes them ineligible for the UK Government's Coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme. The fund will be open to applications for four weeks. (15 February 2021)

SUPPORT FOR FREELANCERS AND THE EVENTS SECTOR. The Scottish Government has announced that a further £17.5 million of emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) funding has been allocated to support creative freelancers and the events sector. (11 February 2021)

QUARANTINE HOTELS. All arrivals to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the importation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) from 15 February. (9 February 2021)

STAY AT HOME. From 5 January 2021, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. (19 January 2021 and updates)

PRODUCTIVITY CLUB is delivered by SCDI in partnership with Scottish Government and aims to support businesses to increase their individual productivity. The Club is free to join and members come from across Scotland representing businesses of all sizes and all sectors. (26 October 2020)

SELF-ISOLATION SUPPORT GRANT. Applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant have opened for low income workers who are asked to self-isolate and would lose income if they needed to isolate. (13 October 2020)


WORKPLACE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL. The Scottish Government has published risk assessment guidance and a tool for staff across all industries which should be used by employers to support staff and line managers to understand and carry out effective risk assessments. (4 September 2020 and updates)

THE COVID-19 PULSE CHECK REPORT: The Impact of COVID-19 on the UK Publishing Industry provides a snapshot of the current state of the industry (24 July 2020).

RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY. The Scottish Government has issued guidance for workers and employers on returning to work safely. (15 December 2020 and updates)

PUBLISHING SCOTLAND'S SUBMISSION to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee of the Scottish Parliament in response to its call for views on the impact of Covid-19 on Scotland's culture and tourism sectors. (June 2020)


ACAS GUIDANCE ON FURLOUGH. ACAS has updated its guidance on furlough. ACAS also has a template furlough letter to download.