Covid-19 Childcare provision for key workers

Following the decision to close schools and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings, the Scottish Government has provided guidance to councils on how to define key workers, which includes: health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, life threatening emergency work, critical primary and community care; energy suppliers and teachers and those providing childcare for those at […]

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Covid-19 Update on benefits

IMPORTANT – Claimants who are self-isolating as a result of the coronavirus will not be sanctioned ‘as long as they let their work coach know before the appointment’ The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has confirmed: “If claimants cannot attend their jobcentre appointment in person because of self-isolation, work coaches can exercise discretion, […]

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Covid-19 Key primary sources of information

Key primary sources:  Scottish Government Coronavirus in Scotland https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ NHS Inform Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 Ready Scotland Ready Scotland have prepared a useful list of where to go to find additional support for you or someone you know, which will be updated on a rolling basis. https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/where-to-find-additional-support/ Health, welfare and social […]

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Covid-19 Business and employment

HMRC has now set up a help line specifically for the self-employed people and businesses who could be struggling due to COVID-19. You can contact this helpline at: 0800 0159 559. The general business support line for Scotland is 0300 303 0660 HMRC support during COVID-19 HMRC support for people and businesses in your constituency […]

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Covid-19 Education, schools and childcare updates

Updates about what is happening to schools, nurseries, colleges and universities. Guidance available on Parent Club to help with impact of Covid-19 (22/03/20) Advice for parents and carers on managing the impact of Covid-19 on their child’s learning and family life is now available. Following school closures, a new hub of information has been created […]

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Covid-19 Health updates

  Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

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Constituency update

My constituency surgeries for the rest of March have been cancelled due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. My team and I are still on hand to help constituents with any issues or concerns they might have, so we are happy to arrange telephone appointments until we can hold surgeries again. Please email hannah.bardell.mp@parliament.uk with […]

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Coronavirus and the impact on benefit sanctions

The issue of benefit sanctions and income security while self-isolating due to potential exposure to Coronavirus was brought up in Prime Minister’s Questions by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. The SNP has called on the Prime Minister to provide emergency legislation to protect workers’ rights and ensure people receiving Universal Credit do not face sanctions […]

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