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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.
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
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.