Coronavirus (COVID-19) – hub for SPICe material

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Last updated 2 July 2020.

This blogpost provides a central hub for all SPICe work on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and some links to other useful sources of parliamentary information to assist Members and others.

During the summer recess, which is scheduled to run from 27 June to 9 August 2020, updates will be less frequent.

SPICe regular blogs – trusted information, COVID statistics and timeline

As many readers will be aware, we began producing a blogpost on trusted and official sources of information on 19 March.  We plan to update this around twice per week during summer recess.

In addition, on 30 March we launched another regularly updated blogpost – a summary of the high-level statistics on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland, in the form of interactive charts and graphs. This will be updated once per week during summer recess.

Finally, on 1 May we introduced a new timeline on Scotland’s response to the pandemic, which will also be updated regularly, and twice per week during recess.

Subject-specific SPICe material

Aside from the regularly updated blogposts, we have also published the following blogs and briefings in specific subject areas, ordered by date of original publication:

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – employment rights
  2. Conveyancing and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  3. Staying connected: broadband and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Social Security
  5. Housing and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19): How are deaths counted?
  7. Coronavirus (COVID-19): social distancing
  8. New Challenges for a Just Transition? COVID-19 and Green Pathways to Recovery
  9. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Human Rights
  10. Coronavirus (COVID-19): remaking our streets
  11. Coronavirus (COVID-19: Non-Domestic Rates related business support FAQs
  12. What money is the Scottish Government getting for coronavirus (COVID-19) support and how is it being spent?
  13. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Health
  14. Destination unknown: tourism, coronavirus (COVID-19), and getting to reboot
  15. Coronavirus (COVID-19): trial by jury
  16. What does the self-employed population in Scotland look like?
  17. An economy fit for key workers?
  18. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Social Care
  19. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Brexit transition and access to treatments
  20. The Barnett formula – is it working for Scotland’s businesses?
  21. Coronavirus (COVID-19): How parliaments are working during the pandemic
  22. Guest blog: Has the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown reduced air pollution?
  23. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Scotland’s economy
  24. How is the Scottish Government supporting businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
  25. Contact-tracing apps and coronavirus (COVID-19)
  26. Coronavirus (Covid-19): prisoner numbers
  27. COVID-19 impact on Scotland’s businesses, workers and the economy – views from the frontline
  28. Coronavirus (COVID-19) – can we calculate an exit strategy?
  29. The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the housing sector
  30. Funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) support: the evolving picture
  31. The European Union’s response to COVID-19
  32. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Transport Transition Plan
  33. Claimant count and the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown: who has been affected?
  34. Coronavirus (COVID-19): What can a global pandemic teach us about our food system?
  35. What is the Scottish Government spending on coronavirus (COVID-19) support?
  36. Coronavirus (COVID-19): the lowdown on the laws of lockdown and the move to phase 1
  37. Scotland’s night-time economy and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  38. Coronavirus (COVID-19): deaths at a local level in Scotland
  39. Excess deaths in Scotland
  40. Coronavirus (COVID-19): An update on the law as Scotland moves to phase 2
  41. Coronavirus (COVID-19): what could the impact be on the ordinary general election to the Scottish Parliament scheduled for May 2021?

Researchers across SPICe are working on further blogs relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the government response across various subject areas.  Given the fast-moving nature of the crisis, these will generally be published once concrete information is available, or in response to large numbers of MSP enquiries.

COVID-19 Parliamentary Questions and Answers

From 21 April 2020 onward, the Parliament is publishing daily reports on parliamentary questions on COVID-19 and answers by the Scottish Government, grouped by ministerial portfolio.  These can be accessed on the Motions, Questions and Answers section of the Parliament’s website.

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

To inform parliamentary consideration of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill on 1 April 2020, we published a detailed, extended blogpost on the Bill.

Coronavirus (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill

The second piece of Coronavirus legislation was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 11 May 2020.  To inform scrutiny of the Bill, we published a detailed committee briefing on 12 May.  You can read it on the COVID-19 Committee webpages.

On 20 May, we published a detailed, extended blogpost on Stage 2 amendments lodged on the Bill, to inform Stage 3 consideration by the Parliament.

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Secondary Legislation

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport wrote to the Presiding Officer regarding the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Letter from Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament – 3 April 2020 (1.44MB pdf)

The SSI was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 3rd April 2020, and came into force on 5 April 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No 1) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

UK Legislation

Finally, we also produced a detailed committee briefing on the UK Coronavirus Bill and the Scottish Government’s Legislative Consent Memorandum.  This can be accessed via the Finance and Constitution Committee’s webpages.

Keeping up to date

To keep up to date with our work, please sign up to SPICe Spotlight updates, use the Coronavirus tag on the blog, and follow us on Twitter, @SPICe_Research.

Allan Campbell, Head of Financial Scrutiny Unit