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The noise from fireworks being set off by my neighbors is terrifying my dog. I have been to the vet, and they prescribed medication, but I want to know what the rules are on fireworks and what I can do. Can you help?

I’m sorry to hear that your dog isn’t having the best of times with the fireworks. Many pet owners take measures at this time of year to reduce their animal’s exposure to the noise from fireworks. Seeking the advice of a vet is one such measure, and medication may be prescribed, as well as other tips …

The noise from fireworks being set off by my neighbors is terrifying my dog. I have been to the vet, and they prescribed medication, but I want to know what the rules are on fireworks and what I can do. Can you help? Read More »

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can

When a relationship breakdown happens, it is important to get financial and practical affairs in order as soon as possible, to avoid any confusion further down the line. If you are named on the tenancy agreement (either as joint or sole tenant), you have a legal / contractual right to live in the property. If …

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can Read More »

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice?

In situations where an employee has a complaint against an employer, and they are able to pursue this through an employment tribunal, it is possible for the employer to attempt to settle the dispute to prevent a claim being made against them. If your employer attempts to convince you to forfeit your right to go …

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice? Read More »

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do?

I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Any surveillance or monitoring that an employer carries out should be detailed as a procedure in your contract or in the employee handbook.    These should explain how you could be monitored and give the reason(s) why they would do so. Employers are heavily restricted in terms of when they can monitor without your knowledge or permission, and they …

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do? Read More »

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help?

I am sorry to hear that you are currently out of work, and that you are struggling with debt. Many people are finding themselves in a similar position just now. You don’t need to deal with this alone, and it is good that you have reached out for support. Understanding Debts Priority Debts – It is important …

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help? Read More »

My neighbor recently had a jacuzzi installed in their back garden and seems to be out in it, having parties with friends most nights. The noise is keeping me awake when I am working the following morning. Can you help?

Excessive noise at night can keep us awake, especially in the summer months. With good weather and lighter nights, neighbours can sometimes get carried away, and with windows open, we can be more sensitive to outside noise. With that being said, we have the right to rest in our own homes. Attempt to resolve issues informally …

My neighbor recently had a jacuzzi installed in their back garden and seems to be out in it, having parties with friends most nights. The noise is keeping me awake when I am working the following morning. Can you help? Read More »

Coronavirus Restrictions (Scotland): Understanding the Changes in Practical Terms

On 22nd September 2020, the Scottish Government announced changes to coronavirus restrictions in Scotland that will take effect from 23rd September. These changes included: restrictions on household gatherings (no visiting other households) reinforcing the benefit of home working, where possible the introduction of a package of support for people who are asked to self-isolate (Details to be …

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Benefits Support in Scotland: Grants, Payments, and How to Access Them

With lockdown measures continuing to be extended in Scotland until the end of February, many people may be feeling uncertain about their options for state-issued support and guidance. However, if you are a parent, guardian, or young carer living in Scotland, the Scottish government has developed a number of benefits, grants, and other means of …

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Separating Fact from Fiction – Employment Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic

With lockdown measures set to remain in place over the next few months, there has been lots of confusion and mis-information on social media surrounding employment support currently available. The government have introduced several different schemes and grants designed to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), …

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I have been having an awful time trying to get my private landlord to carry out repairs. He has been using the pandemic as an excuse for a year now. Can you help?

Whilst there were restrictions on work being carried out at the height of the pandemic, essential maintenance was permitted and if the repairs were required urgently, they should have been completed. If the repair is urgent, you should write to the landlord and request that the work is carried out as quickly and soon as possible.  It would be …

I have been having an awful time trying to get my private landlord to carry out repairs. He has been using the pandemic as an excuse for a year now. Can you help? Read More »

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