I do hope you are staying well at this worrying time for the whole country and following the official government advice.
As your local MSP I always do my best to assist with all issues raised with me by constituents.
However, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown measures have put my office under unprecedented strain. At the moment we are prioritising dealing with constituents who require urgent assistance with food and medication as a result of social distancing and providing help to constituents and businesses in navigating the complex support packages put in place to help with the economic impact of COVID-19.
On this page you will find links to information which I hope is helpful.
Please stay safe and healthy.
The Coronavirus pandemic has many serious implications for society. From personal health to financial wellbeing and safety, here is a series of links to helpful resources.
Scotland's national coronavirus advice service: www.coronavirusadvice.scot
I have helped to establish Viral Kindness Scotland to help the most vulnerable and to build an army of volunteers: www.viralkindness.scot.
You can find out more about the project here.
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.
Scottish Trade Union Congress: http://www.stuc.org.uk/
Association of British Insurers- https://www.abi.org.uk/
Information on renters' rights can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/policies/private-renting/
Alternatively, Living Rent can provide advice and guidance: https://www.livingrent.org/
If you are concerned about social security payments, or are looking to apply for Universal Credit, look here:
Scottish Directorate of Social Security: https://www.socialsecurity.gov.scot/
Keep up to speed with the availability of ScotRail services here: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
Buses can be checked at:
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
- Public Health – gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
- Business support – gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-uk-businesses
- Workers support – gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees
- Travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-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/
- Business support – gov.scot/coronavirus-advice
- Workers support – gov.scot/news/protecting-workers-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
- Housing – gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-landlord-and-letting-agent-faqs/
- Justice – gov.scot/publications/justice-covid-19-statement/
For more information visit – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19