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Scottish Government Daily Evening Update 13th October 2020

Tuesday 13th October

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.

At today’s media briefing, the First Minister highlighted that the Labour Market Statistics for Scotland were published this morning showing that the unemployment rate in Scotland was 4.5% in June to August of this year. The First Minister’s full speech is available here.

The First Minister was joined by Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville who announced that applications for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant have opened for low income workers who have been asked to isolate by Test and Protect.

Payments for employers recruiting apprentices who have lost their jobs is being increased from £2,000 to £5,000 through the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice programme. The increased payment will help more apprentices find a new employer and complete their apprenticeship.  Find out more at apprenticeships.scot

The Scottish Government’s route map through and out of lockdown is available here. We are in Phase 3.

The Transport Transition Plan has been updated to set out more details, which can be found here.

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

Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.

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

We hope that you will find this useful and share with your networks where appropriate.

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