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New Scottish Child Payment Has Started - If you qualify apply now if you have not done so
Payments to start from late February.   More than 77,000 Scottish Child Payment applications have been received since Social Security Scotland started taking applications on 9 November.  
Elect The House Of Lords - Did You Know Most Lords Are From The South East
From the Electoral Reform Society.   Elect the House of Lords From stories of peers leaving taxis running to claim their expenses to failing to turn up for years at a time, the Lords makes a mockery of our democracy.  
Mothers On The Lowest Incomes Are Eight Times More At Risk Of Losing Their Job Due To School Closures In The UK
A report by the Fawcett Society campaigning for gender equality and women's rights at work, at home and in public life.   Parents on the lowest incomes are nine times more likely to report risk of losing their job due to school closures in the UK.  
Working Mums: Paying The Price
A report from the Trades Union Congress(TUC).   Key recommendations The TUC is calling for a temporary legal right to access the furlough scheme for parents and those with caring responsibilities who have had these significantly disrupted due to coronavirus restrictions, and people who cannot work because they are required to shield.  
GDP And The Pandemic In 2020 - A TUC ReportThumbnail for article : GDP And The Pandemic In 2020 - A TUC Report
The TUC have supported the measures to protect health and the measures taken to limit the financial impact on workers and their families, but much more needs to be done to prevent the uncertainty caused by constant cliff edges of support measures being extended at the eleventh hour, to improve the adequacy of support, and to get going on job creation.   We now know that GDP for 2020 fell by 10 per cent, at face value the worst annual decline for 300 years.  
Support For Small Businesses, Landlords And Leaseholders: Government Charges Up The Electric Vehicle Revolution With £50 Million Boost For EnglandThumbnail for article : Support For Small Businesses, Landlords And Leaseholders: Government Charges Up The Electric Vehicle Revolution With £50 Million Boost For England
Government announces financial boost to encourage electric vehicle use and launches consultation on improving the charging experience.   electric vehicle charging schemes to be opened to small business, leaseholders and those in rented accommodation to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) uptake.  
Groundbreaking Covid-19 Treatments To Be Fast-tracked Through Clinical TrialsThumbnail for article : Groundbreaking Covid-19 Treatments To Be Fast-tracked Through Clinical Trials
The world's most innovative treatments for COVID-19 will soon be fast-tracked through the UK's clinical trial system, as the government announces funding for the most promising treatments.   Government awards multi-million-pound funding to phase 1 clinical trial platform to fast-track innovative treatments.  
Coronavirus Covid-19 Daily Data For Scotland - 14 February 2021
903 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   13,808 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 7.3% of these were positive.  
As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction BanThumbnail for article : As Rent Arrears Soar England Extends Eviction Ban
Housing Secretary extends support for renters during pandemic.   Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions.  
The Latest Fraser Of Allander Scottish Business Monitor
This week we published our latest Scottish Business Monitor in partnership with Addleshaw Goddard.  You can read the latest Scottish Business Monitor in full here.  
New Funds For Drugs Services
Two funds, worth £1 million each, will open this week to support grassroots, community and residential organisations to improve drugs services.   A £1 million Grassroots Fund will provide resources to third sector organisations to enable them to increase capacity and provide further reach into the community.  
Coronavirus hotel quarantine: key questions for the governmentThumbnail for article : Coronavirus hotel quarantine: key questions for the government
An Institute for Government article sets out the issues.   The UK government is finalising arrangements for a partial hotel quarantine system to begin on 15 February 2021.  
Growth Deal Signing An Important Step For Argyll And Bute Recovery
The rural growth deal (RGD) brings together £25m each from the Scottish and UK Governments, and at least £20m via Argyll and Bute Council and partners, creating opportunities for people living in the region and attracting future investment.   The deal was formally signed today by Councillor Robin Currie, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council; Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP; and UK Government Minister Iain Stewart MP HIE will have a key role in the deal's marine aquaculture programme.  
The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It MeansThumbnail for article : The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 - What It Means
The Institute for government has produce a paper explaining the Act.   The United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, which became law on 17 December 2020, will govern the trading relationship between the nations of the UK.  
Prioritising Jobs And Skills
Young people, those made redundant, and people who have been unemployed for a long time, will be able to access more support thanks to an additional £125 million from the Scottish Government.   Announced in the latest Budget, the funding will help people impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic access employment opportunities.  
USDAW victory blocks Tesco fire and rehire tactic
USDAW victory blocks Tesco ‘fire and rehire' tactic - Scottish Court of Session rules in favour of workers affected Retail trade union USDAW has won an interdict in the Court of Session (12 February 2021) in Edinburgh against Tesco forcing some of the staff at the Livingston distribution centre onto a new contract, which would result in the affected staff losing between £4,000 and £19,000 per year.   The judgement, which applies to the Livingston site only, means that Tesco are legally prohibited from unilaterally withdrawing entitlement to retained pay and/or terminating the contract in order to re-engage the worker on new terms which do not include retained pay.  
Coronavirus COVID-19 daily data for Scotland - 13 February 2021
908 new cases of COVID-19 reported.   22,259 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results - 4.9% of these were positive.  
Avian Influenza Update
Bird keepers in Scotland are reminded to maximise biosecurity and keep their flocks housed after avian influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in a flock of approximately 14,000 mixed gamebirds on a gamebird rearing premises in Leven, Glenrothes.   Laboratory results of samples taken from the flock have identified the strain as highly pathogenic in poultry.  
Financial Help For Families In Need
A total of 144,128 COVID Winter Hardship Payments have been made to families.   The payments are available to families with children receiving Free School Meals on the basis of low income, with £14.41 million given to households as part of the Scottish Government's Winter Plan for Social Protection.  
Recruitment To Support Disability Payments - Opportunities Available In All Local Authority Areas
The first phase of an 18 month recruitment programme to deliver Scotland's newest social security benefits has opened.   These additional roles will initially support delivery of Child Disability Payments by assisting families of children with disabilities or long term health conditions to access the benefits they are entitled to when the new benefit is introduced later this year.