Business Support Service updates
Updated Monday 27 April 2020
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May. Businesses with fewer than 250 employees can find out how to prepare: UK Government website
The scheme will allow these small and medium-sized sized employers to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying COVID-19-related Statutory Sick Pay.
The repayment will cover up to two weeks of SSP, and is payable if an employee is unable to work because they:
- have coronavirus; or
- are self-isolating and unable to work from home; or
- are shielding because they've been advised that they're at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus
Find further details on Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
Business Gateway West Lothian has moved to a virtual service. To contact us to discuss the support available to your business, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will get back to you.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing for key workers
Please find information for employers on how to access the national testing programme.
Rationale for prioritisation
Relevant keyworker populations
Priority Group 1: Health and social care workers; and staff working in residential institutions and essential roles where service resilience is at risk.
Currently routed through Health Boards
(note key workers in these groups who are not employed through an organisation will access testing, where this can support a return to work, through the UK Government schemes)
Priority Group 2: Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services.
Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services.
Staff delivering essential services.
Priority Group 4: Staff involved in volunteering, or in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth
Staff involved in volunteering to provide support to vulnerable people and communities; and staff involved in national or local industry important to economic sustainability and growth.
Business Support Grant Fund
Information on the grant criteria and eligibility can be found at Coronavirus Business Support Fund
Business Gateway Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice Page
Business Gateway has launched a dedicated page with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.
- Check out Business Gateway Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice Page with a specific page for Official Guidance for Business Owners in Scotland
Government Support Packages for Businesses
The government has launched a series of support packages for businesses including business grant funding, Statutory Sick Pay and advice on Business Rates.
Scottish Government Business Advice Page
The Scottish Government has created a resource for businesses which will be updated in due course with information on sources of finance, business continuity as well as business rates and tax.
Government Guidance for Employers
A fantastic resource with information on what you should be doing as an employer and what to do if an employee is off work.
Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has opened for applications. It supports term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and more. It can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow.
ACAS - Coronavirus Advice Page
ACAS are updating this page daily with advice and best practice on communicating with staff and how to ensure you are communicating with them effectively.