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Scottish Government Daily Update: Tuesday 26th January 2021

This update from the Scottish Government directs businesses to the most up to date information on COVID-19 as we move forward with our economic response.

The Find Business Support website continues to provide details on the assistance available as well as information and advice on how businesses can restart safely through and out of lockdown.

The UK has now left the European Union, this update will highlight developments around Brexit that will be of particular interest to businesses.

For the most up-to-date Brexit advice and support visit the Prepare for Brexit website.

In a statement to Parliament today, the Deputy First Minister confirmed there would be no changes to current lockdown measures following the latest review in Scotland.

He also said students experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 will be supported by £20 million of Scottish Government funding. In addition, a further £10 million has also been allocated to universities and colleges for income lost in providing rent rebates and the Scottish Funding Council is also repurposing £5 million of student support funding towards discretionary funding for further education students in the college sector.

Read the Deputy First Minister’s statement here.

The Trade Vision setting out the Scottish Government’s trade principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, a just transition to net zero and good governance was published today. This Vision for Trade sets out how those principles underpin the trading and investment relationships we want Scotland to have now and in the future. We are continuing to engage on trade policy with individuals, businesses, academics and other organisations in Scotland and globally. To discuss this work, please contact tradepolicy@gov.scot

Scotland’s Labour Market Trends January 2021, have been published, showing for September to November 2020, Scotland’s employment rate estimate has increased over the quarter to 74.4% and the unemployment rate estimate has decreased over the quarter to 4.4%. Read more here.

The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework is now operational, you can find out exactly which coronavirus lockdown restrictions apply to you by using the Scottish Government's postcode checker.

Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and can be found here.  

Grants are available for businesses that are required by law to close or to significantly change operations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out who is eligible and how to apply here.

The NHS Inform coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.

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