Coronavirus (COVID-19): Constituency support – updated 11 June 2021

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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) are receiving a large number of enquiries relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  SPICe is still responding to enquiries through the usual enquiry process.

However, to aid MSPs in responding to their constituents, and for the use of anyone else who is interested, we are providing this blogpost.

The post contains links to trusted and official external sources of information relating to issues that constituents may be needing advice on.

Please see our COVID-19 hub for a full list of subject specific SPICe blogs 

Blog layout

We have included an introductory section on ‘where are we now?’ which relates to the current protection levels prescribed by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework

This section is followed by sources broken down into broad subjects, each section split into ‘guidance’ and ‘funding and support’.

The blog is broken down into the following sections:

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Where are we now?

From 5 June 2021, the protection levels in Scotland are as follows:

  • Level 0 – the Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, all islands in Highland (except Skye), the inner Hebrides islands in Argyll
  • Level 1 – Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Dumfries & Galloway, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Highland, Inverclyde, Moray, Perth & Kinross, the Scottish Borders, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian
  • Level 2 – Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling 

The Scottish Government published a timetable for easing restrictions on 16 March. The current levels for each framework can be found in the Scottish Government’s guidance on local protection levels.

The Scottish Government’s updated Strategic Framework, published on 23 February, sets out the broad order of priority for re-opening and the conditions that need to be met to start lifting restrictions. 

Key Sources

Business & Industry (including business support, employment, retail, consumer rights, and utilities )

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Culture & Sport

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Education (including childcare)

Early learning and Childcare

Schools

Higher and Further Education

Funding announcements

Environment & Energy

News and guidance

Health & Social Care

Information and Guidance for patients

Information and Guidance for health and social care professionals

Funding and Support

Housing and Planning

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

  • Scottish Government £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help people who have had their finances or employment impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and do not have other means of housing support. (7 December 2020)
  • Scottish Government initiatives to support homebuyers – raising the threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid from £145,000 to £250,000 and additional funding for the First Home Fund (9 July 2020)
  • Scottish Government one-year extension to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme (11 June 2020)

Justice

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Parliament & Government

Legislation

Scottish Government Action

Scottish Parliament Action

People & Communities (including charities, third sector and volunteering)

Information and Guidance

  • UK Government Covid fraud hotline – enables people to report suspected fraudulent use of coronavirus support schemes anonymously and free of charge

Funding and Support

  • Scottish Government Further funding for councils to provide free school meals through the winter breaks and additional flexibility to use £20 million, previously held in reserve for the Scottish Welfare Fund, to support people in their communities (20 October 2020)

Rural Affairs

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Social Security

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Transport, Travel & Tourism

Information and Guidance

Funding and Support