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27/3/2020
HMRC - Claim For Wage Costs Through The Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeThumbnail for article : HMRC - Claim For Wage Costs Through The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme.   The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the Coronavirus pandemic.  
27/3/2020
HMRC - Check If You Could Be Covered By The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Find out if your employer is eligible, and how much your employer can claim if they're unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Further details will be published shortly.  
27/3/2020
Highland Council To Launch E-vouchers For Free School Meals
Highland Council will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020.   This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure over 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed.  
27/3/2020
Social Distancing Enforcement Measures In Place
New powers will help ensure compliance and save lives.   Businesses and the public in Scotland are now required by law to follow necessary social distancing measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.  
27/3/2020
Coronavirus And The Upcoming Rise In The National Living WageThumbnail for article : Coronavirus And The Upcoming Rise In The National Living Wage
Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Over the past decade employment has grown very strongly, from 29 million to 33 million in work (70% and 76% of the working age population).  
27/3/2020
Firefighters And Retired Emergency Workers To Help With Coronavirus Problems
Firefighters in UK look set to become ambulance drivers if necessary.  In addition Ex-police and ambulance staff urged to return to duty.  
27/3/2020
Keeping Healthcare Workers Safe - Extra respirators brought into use
Action has been taken to bring an additional 1.5 million protective respirators into use from NHS Scotland's central stockpile.   The tightly-fitting facemasks, which provide a high level of protection for staff working with coronavirus patients, were not previously used because they had recently passed their expiry date.  
27/3/2020
Self Employed Via A Limited Company May Not Gain From New Self Employed Scheme
Those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company will not be covered by the Self-Employment Income Support scheme.   They may be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if they are operating PAYE schemes to pay themselves salary that is taxable and dividend.  
27/3/2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Been Tested Positive For CoronavirusThumbnail for article : Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Been Tested Positive For Coronavirus
The prime minster Boris Johnson has tested positive for Corona Virus.   He has mild symptoms so far and will self isolate.  
27/3/2020
Coronavirus: NHS field hospital plans for Scotland
NHS field hospital sites in Scotland will be identified this week ahead of a predicted rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, the chief medical officer has said.   Dr Catherine Calderwood said she agreed with a senior medic who expects a coronavirus "tsunami" in coming weeks.  
27/3/2020
Household finances in Scotland - now and in the future
New summary statistics have been released today (26 March 2020) on household income for the UK, including Scotland, covering the period up to the 2018/19 financial year.  These figures belong to the pre-COVID-19 world but should not be dismissed as irrelevant.  
26/3/2020
Highland Recycling Centres close and waste service collections changed during Coronavirus
The Highland Council's Waste and Recycling team are reminding the public that all Council run Recycling Centres are currently closed and garden waste and the bulky uplift services have been suspended until further notice.   Householders are being asked not to put out their brown bins as they will not be emptied.  
26/3/2020
Letter From Maree Todd MSP To All Child Minders
Sent Out Via The Care Inspectorate in Scotland.   To: All registered childminders Following the Scottish and UK Government's announcements on 23 March 2020 about the latest measures necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this guidance note sets out the implications for childminding services in Scotland.  
26/3/2020
Covid-19: Hotel Accommodation To Support Key Workers And Vulnerable People
Letter regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so they can offer accommodation to key workers and support rough sleepers to keep them off the streets and in suitable accommodation.   Letter from the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness, Luke Hall, to hotel chief executives regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so as to offer accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.  
26/3/2020
Coronavirus Update - Benefit Reviews And Reassessments Suspended
Reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.   This temporary measure, effective from (Tuesday 24 March), is being taken to reassure vulnerable people about the continuity of their benefits during the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure the Department's resources are focused on enabling access to financial support for new claimants.  
26/3/2020
Statement from Transport Scotland on restrictions on non-essential ferry travel Coronavirus - Covid-19
Statement from Transport Scotland on restrictions on non-essential ferry travel to Scotland's remote and island communities In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has made clear the need to avoid all but essential travel by ferry to Scotland's remote and island communities.   From Sunday 22 March 2020, until further notice, ferries will be for those who live on our islands, who have an essential need to travel to or from the mainland and for essential supplies or business.  
26/3/2020
Statement By Scottish Qualifications Authority
SQA statement on coursework for National Courses.   Tuesday 24 March 2020 Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people's final grades.  
26/3/2020
Protecting Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak
Joint statement from Scottish Government and STUC.   Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop and STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith have issued a joint statement outlining the shared commitment to fair work practices in Scotland.  
26/3/2020
Joint Statement By The FCA, FRC And PRA
The Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Reporting Council and Prudential Regulation Authority released a joint statement to address Covid-19.   The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have today announced a series of actions and issued a series of statements that are intended together to: (a) ensure that information continues to flow to investors (and thereby supports the continued functioning of the UK's capital markets);.  
26/3/2020
Calmac Introduces Essential Lifeline Timetable In Light Of Covid-19 Outbreak
West Coast Ferry Operator CalMac is introducing an Essential Lifeline Timetable from tomorrow (Friday 27 March) as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.   The new reduced timetable, which will run for an initial three-week period, comes amidst a lockdown on all but essential travel across the whole of the UK.