Coronavirus (COVID-19): Constituency support – updated 14 January 2022

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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?

The Scottish Government published an update to Scotland’s Strategic Framework on 16 November 2021.

New guidance was introduced on 14 December 2021 following the spread of the new Omicron strain of COVID-19. People are encouraged to reduce social interaction at home or in indoor public places to a maximum of three households at any time, and to take a lateral flow test before meeting. From 17 December 2021, businesses are legally required to take reasonable measures to minimise transmission of COVID-19. Additional restrictions were introduced on 27 December 2021, including one metre physical distancing in indoor hospitality and leisure settings, attendance limits at events and the closure of nightclubs.

General guidance on staying safe 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


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


Information and Guidance

Funding and Support

Parliament & Government


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