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OVERVIEW OF AVAILABLE SUPPORT

Dependent on individual circumstances, you should be able to access support through one or more of the following schemes.


Universal Credit


Universal Credit (UC) is a payment to help with living costs, available to people on a low income or who are out of work. Visit https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/eligibility to check your eligibility for this form of assistance.

Please note -  some banks/building societies are offering ‘mortgage holidays’ for those who have lost income due to coronavirus. It is recommended that you check with your individual lender to find out if you are eligible.

You can also find more information on the Find Business Support website or contact the Scottish Government’s business helpline on 0300 303 0660.

Private and third sector providers

All private and third sector providers who provide funded ELC in their settings will continue to receive payments from their local authority for these funded ELC hours. Your local authority will be in contact with you to confirm local arrangements for these payments.

Private and third sector providers will be able to access the following support measures.

Statutory Sick Pay

If you cannot work from home when self-isolating you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, please see the link below for more details 

Sick pay for self-isolation: Self-isolation for coronavirus (COVID-19) - Acas

Get an isolation note - NHS (111.nhs.uk)

Employment & Self-Employment Coronavirus Help

The Money Saving Expert website is a good source of information and advice on employment matters and more:

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/self-employed-help-coronavirus/#wages

ELC Workforce Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Hub: The Wellbeing Hub was launched on 7July 2020, it provides a range of practical Wellbeing support working in Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). It hosts a wealth of resources to support in understanding Wellbeing, mental health and mental illness. It also provides the opportunity to connect those working within the early years sector to share practice, thoughts and ideas.

https://teamelcwellbeinghub.org/

Early Years Scotland also support members by offering up to date guidance on COVID-19 as well as creating a document on Wellbeing and Support Guidance for ELC settings.

New Self-Isolation Support Grant

On the 30 September 2020 the Scottish Government announced that there will be a new grant opened to applicants on 12 October to support people on low income to receive £500 grant when asked to self-isolate:

https://www.gov.scot/news/new-grant-for-those-self-isolating/

On 2 February 2021 the Scottish Government announced that they intend to extend eligibility for the £500 self-isolation payment to everyone on an income below the level of the real living wage.

Job Support Scheme