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23/3/2020
Veterinary Medicines Directorate Incoming Post
Request to notify the VMD if you are planning to send items through the post.   As staff now work remotely, the VMD requests you notify them first if you are planning to send us anything by post.  
23/3/2020
PM Boris Johnson Address To The Nation On Coronavirus: 23 March 2020Thumbnail for article : PM Boris Johnson Address To The Nation On Coronavirus: 23 March 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on coronavirus.   Good Evening, The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades - and this country is not alone.  
23/3/2020
First Minister COVID-19 updateThumbnail for article : First Minister COVID-19 update
Good afternoon everybody, thank you for joining us today.  If I can begin, today, with an update on case numbers.  
23/3/2020
Social Care At Heart Of Response To Coronavirus (covid-19)
Scottish Government to meet increased costs.   Councils have been asked to increase support for care at home, nursing homes and care homes to reduce delayed discharges and free up hospital beds.  
23/3/2020
Latest Guidance About Covid-19 From NHS Scotland And The Scottish Government
Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice can be found at http://nhsinform.scot/coronavirus If you've developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.  Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.  
23/3/2020
New NHS 24 Arrangements For Coronavirus
Patients with concerns about symptoms advised to dial 111 if they need help.   Patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are now asked to dial NHS 24 on 111, day or night, if their symptoms worsen or do not improve after seven days.  
23/3/2020
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBLIS)- Open For Applications
The Chancellor has announced that the British Business Bank will manage the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which is available from today, 23rd March 2020 an will initially run for 6 months.   See https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/ Key Features: - Through this scheme businesses who are experiencing increased costs or lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak can apply for a new loan, overdraft, Invoice finance facility or asset finance of up to a maximum of £5m from their bank or through 40+ other accredited lenders.  
23/3/2020
Benefit Claimants Are Asked To Apply Online As Jobcentres Limit Access
People are being urged to use online services before turning to the telephone for help with their benefit claim.   With a rise in new claims, and with demand for support over the phone increasing, the Department for Work and Pensions is taking unprecedented action to make sure people can get the support they need, including moving 10,000 existing staff to focus on processing new claims.  
23/3/2020
Support For Business Water Bills
Relaxation of charges to help with coronavirus pressures.   A package of measures worth £60 million has been agreed between the Scottish Government and the water industry to help businesses facing difficulties with water charges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  
22/3/2020
Major New Measures To Protect People At Highest Risk From Coronavirus
A raft of new measures, including a helpline for the most in need of support, have been set out for those considered to be extremely vulnerable.   Government urges up to 1.5 million people in England who face the highest risk of being hospitalised by the virus to shield themselves and stay at home.  
22/3/2020
Coronavirus travel warning for Highlands and Islands
Tourism Secretary angry about 'irresponsible behaviour'.   Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing is urging people to stop travelling to the Highlands and Islands in a bid to avoid the Coronavirus.  
22/3/2020
Coronavirus (covid-19) First Minister's Speech 22 March 2020
Statement given by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a media briefing on Sunday 22 March 2020.   Good afternoon I've called today’s briefing because I want to leave people in no doubt about how serious the situation we face is, and how vital it is that everyone - individuals and business - follows the advice that has been issued.  
22/3/2020
Latest Updates Regarding Train Travel
Issued By Scotrail.   Following the latest government update on COVID-19, we would like to reassure customers that everyone across Scotland's Railway is working flat out to provide transport for people delivering essential services.  
22/3/2020
Flexibility On Alcohol Rules Needed
Supporting drinks manufacturers to respond to Covid-19.   Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for greater flexibility on alcohol tax and regulations for alcoholic drink manufacturers that are now looking to produce hand sanitiser in response to Covid-19.  
22/3/2020
Consumers Asked To Shop Considerately
Behaviour fuelling perception of food shortages.   As increasing numbers of supermarkets and shops try to deal with the challenge of replenishing shelves in time to meet demand, the Scottish Government has asked consumers to shop considerately - in particular to ensure those in the frontline of dealing with COVID-19 are able to get the supplies they need.  
22/3/2020
Coronavirus Guidance For Parents And Families
Guidance available on Parent Club to help with impact of Covid-19.   Advice for parents and carers on managing the impact of Covid-19 on their child's learning and family life is now available.  
22/3/2020
Supporting Those Affected By Debt
Sales and evictions halted during COVID-19 outbreak.   Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has suspended sale and eviction from property in ongoing bankruptcy administrations until further notice in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  
21/3/2020
Driving Tests And MOTs For Heavy Vehicles Suspended For Up To 3 Months To Help Tackle Spread Of Coronavirus
Driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months except for critical workers, and MOTs for lorries, buses and trailers are also suspended for up to 3 months.   The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is suspending driving tests in England, Scotland and Wales for up to 3 months from 21 March 2020.  
21/3/2020
Chancellor announces workers' support package
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces package to support workers as government confirms further measures to keep people safe.   The Chancellor has today outlined an unprecedented package of measures to protect millions of people's jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to coronavirus.  
21/3/2020
Coronavirus and claiming benefitsThumbnail for article : Coronavirus and claiming benefits
UK government page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits.  It will continue to be updated.