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.

Best wishes,

Anas.

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.

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

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

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

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

 

RENTERS' RIGHTS

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/

 

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