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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Constituency support – updated 22 October 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

The blog includes an introductory section on ‘where are we now?’, followed by sources broken down into broad subjects, each section split into ‘guidance’ and ‘funding and support’:

SPICe will also keep our other publications in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) under review. Please sign-up to Spotlight and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Where are we now?

From Monday 9 August, Scotland has moved out of the COVID-19 levels system, and is now beyond Level 0. The legal requirements for physical distancing and limits on gatherings have been removed. However, some protective measures have remained, such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. 

A vaccination certification scheme is in operation from 1 October. People attending certain late night venues and larger indoor and outdoor live events will be required to show staff proof of their Covid status or a valid exemption. Legal enforcement of the scheme came into effect on Monday 18 October. 

General guidance on the remaining rules is available on the Scottish Government website.

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

  • NEW! Scottish GovernmentUpdate to vaccine certification Apps. Businesses should now update the customer COVID Check (verifier) App to ensure the QR code shows a green tick when scanned. Customers seeking to access venues affected should download the updated NHS Covid Status app. (19 October 2021)
  • Scottish GovernmentInvitations for coronavirus (COVID-19) booster injections are issued to people aged 70 and over and those aged 16 and over who are at highest risk, with appointments scheduled from the week beginning 4 October. (30 September 2021)
  • Scottish Government – Strategy paper setting out the Scottish Government’s approach to care and support for people with long Covid. (30 September 2021)
  • Scottish Government – updated 2021 vaccination strategy, including plans for COVID-19 and seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations in autumn and winter 2021 to 2022 in Scotland. (30 September 2021)
  • Scottish Government – All 12-15 year olds who haven’t yet received their COVID-19 vaccination will receive letters of offer from Monday 27 September. (27 September 2021)
  • Scottish Government – A five-week consultation is to be held on introducing Anne’s Law – to ensure people who live in adult care homes have rights to be able to have direct contact with people who are important to them in order to support their health and wellbeing. (24 September 2021)
  • Scottish GovernmentCovid-19 booster vaccinations underway. Residents in care homes for older people are the first to be offered Covid-19 booster vaccinations. Injections will be given alongside flu jab where appropriate. (20 September 2021)
  • Scottish Governmentnew guidance for care homes, which allows care home residents to choose a friend or relative as a ‘named visitor’ who will be able to visit them, even during a managed Covid-19 outbreak. (15 September 2021)
  • Scottish GovernmentHospital PFI car parks in Glasgow and Dundee bought out. Negotiations are also progressing to take over the last remaining PFI car park in Scotland at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Parking charges have been suspended at the three hospital PFI facilities since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agreements to take the car parks into public hands will mean this becomes permanent. (24 August 2021)
  • Scottish GovernmentPeople who test positive for COVID-19 are being encouraged to securely list details of their close contacts online when asked by Test and Protect. (24 August 2021)
  • Scottish Government Professor Amanda Croft, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, is standing down from her role. Cover will be provided by the Deputy Chief Nursing officers team until 4 October when Professor Alex McMahon, currently Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals for NHS Lothian, will take over on an interim basis. (23 August 2021)
  • UK Government launches UK-wide antibody surveillance programme for the general public for the first time. Home antibody tests available for up to 8,000 people a day across the UK who opt in to the service through NHS Test and Trace. (22 August 2021)

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

Primary Legislation

Secondary 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

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