Covid-19

Covid-19

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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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 »

I have been advised by my employer that they plan to start redundancy procedures within our department due to a lack of business, and I don’t understand what this entails. Can you offer any advice?

I am sorry to hear you will potentially be going through the redundancy process – it can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Redundancies usually take place when a position of employment is no longer required by the employer. Reasons for redundancy There are three main reasons why an employer would begin redundancy procedures, including …

I have been advised by my employer that they plan to start redundancy procedures within our department due to a lack of business, and I don’t understand what this entails. Can you offer any advice? Read More »

I’ve been avoiding paying my Council Tax because I have been on reduced hours at work and now, they’re threatening to freeze my bank account with the little savings I have. What can I do?

Council tax is a priority debt and should be treated as such. A creditor with the relevant authority can freeze the bank / building society account(s) of someone who owes them money. The local authority would be the creditor in this instance. If you owe the money to the local authority, and they have gone through the …

I’ve been avoiding paying my Council Tax because I have been on reduced hours at work and now, they’re threatening to freeze my bank account with the little savings I have. What can I do? Read More »