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Coronavirus - Updates and Advice

(Updated 24 March 2020)

We understand that many of our members will be concerned about their livelihoods and those of the people they work with as the Covid-19 outbreak worsens.

We’re working with other artform bodies to advocate for better recognition of the impacts of the current situation on those who are freelance, self-employed and rely on contract work. We know that for those of you in public-facing organisations the developing position means that organisations are in contingency planning and facing the potential of significant impacts.

We wanted to gather the links that we have been following as a team to keep updated about the situation as it develops and share as much information as we can.

SCAN Resources
We’ve commissioned a digital working fact sheet from Third Sector Lab. There’s a link to a live version of the document, so please feel free to add to it. Find it here

External Resources and Links
The most up to date information can be found on the Scottish Government Website

A “Q&A from law firm Brodies”:https://brodies.com/binformed/legal-updates/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-–-how-to-designate-a-furloughed-worker-and on how employers can provide 80% pay for employees if their organisation, charity or business must close or scale back temporarily

New funding has been made available to Scottish businesses and to charities, vulnerable members of the community and individuals through the Scottish Government. The Scottish Welfare Fund is available to those who are on low incomes and struggling with rent or living costs.

The Scottish Government small business helpline is 0300 303 0660

The HMRC helpline for self employed people and businesses who are struggling with the impacts of Covid-19 is 0800 0159 559

Full UK Coronavirus action plans are here

Creative Scotland are keeping in close contact with Scottish Government and will be issuing advice and information here

The NHS Guidelines for working in non-healthcare settings is here

SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) have published an informative guide about keeping services running and looking at contingency planning

Better Than Zero have published a guide with details of how to tackle the effects of Coronavirus at work

And here is the TUC guidance for unions

The Mental Health Foundation have published a guide about looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Padwick Jones present a four point hopeful proposal in their article Do It All for Artists Sake Now

Law firm Brodies LLC have a section on Covid-19 information, including the legalities of refunding tickets in the event of cancellation

This page will continue to be updated. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if there are any further information sources that should be added.

Date: 10 March 2020

Coronavirus - Updates and Advice