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The Coronavirus pandemic has many serious implications for society. From personal health to financial wellbeing and safety, we’ve compiled a series of links to helpful resources.

Citizens Advice Scotland: https://www.cas.org.uk/

Scottish Trade Union Congress: http://www.stuc.org.uk/

Keep up to date with proceedings in the Scottish Parliament here: https://www.parliament.scot/index.aspx

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Protecting your own health and that of others during this pandemic is of paramount importance.

All relevant information that will help you protect your own health and that of others can be found either here on the NHS24 website (https://www.nhs24.scot/our-services/nhs-inform/) on the Scottish Government’s own website (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/)

Information on social care can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/policies/social-care/

EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCE

Coronavirus poses a serious challenge to workers across Britain. Here are some links that will be of use.

HMRC- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

DWP- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Association of British Insurers- https://www.abi.org.uk/

DOMESTIC ABUSE

Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner.

Often when people think of domestic abuse they think of physical violence, but domestic abuse is very often so much more than that. For many women who live with domestic abuse there will be no scars, bruises or broken bones, but for some it can take their life.

No one kind of abuse is more serious than any other. If you are scared of your partner you can access support from:

24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0800 027 1234

If you are unable to speak to someone on the phone because you’re at home, you can email or webchat for support but if you are in an emergency, please always call 999.

Email: [email protected]
Web chat: https://sdafmh.org.uk.

You can also find support and contact details from your local Women’s Aid organisation here: https://womensaid.scot/find-nearest-wa-group/

RENTER’S RIGHTS

Information on renter’s rights can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/policies/private-renting/

Alternatively, Living Rent can provide advice and guidance: https://www.livingrent.org/

 

BENEFITS

If you are concerned about social security payments, or are looking to apply for Universal Credit, look here:

DWP- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Scottish Directorate of Social Security: https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/

 

TRANSPORT

Keep up to speed with the availability of ScotRail services here: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

Buses can be checked at:

https://www.firstgroup.com/

https://www.lothianbuses.com/

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/

 

ELDERLY

This will be a trying time for everyone, especially the elderly. Age Scotland are here to help throughout this crisis:

Age Scotland Website- https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

Helpline- 0800 12 44 222.

 

UK GOVERNMENT ADVICE:

Latest UK Government Advice – www.gov.uk/coronavirus

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADVICE:

Latest Scottish  Government Advice – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

For more information visit – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

 

NEWS

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Richard Leonard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LabourRichard

Richard Leonard on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richardleonardmsp/

 

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