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19 April 2021

Scottish Government

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)

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)

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)

ADOPT AN APPRENTICE. Funding increase for businesses through Adopt an Apprentice. (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 September2020 and updates)

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


Culture and creative sector support

Coronavirus support for businesses in Scotland - Scottish Government round-up of sources of finance and other support measures.

Scottish Government response/advice

Emergency powers. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 31 March 2020. It received Royal Assent on 6 April and came into force on 7 April as the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020: see the UK Government website.