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23/06/2020

Financial honeymoon period coming to an end?

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has sent its clearest message yet, that the financial honeymoon period that has characterised much of the start of the COVID-19 Crisis, is now coming to ...

16/06/2020

Applications for School Age Payments open

Parents or carers of children preparing to start school are being encouraged to apply for a £250 support grant. The one-off School Age Payment is currently open to eligible families with a child born between ...

04/06/2020

700 jobs axed at Rolls-Royce in Renfrewshire

Aero-engine company Rolls-Royce has announced it will cut 700 jobs from its Renfrewshire plant. The news comes as the engineering giant announced plans to shed 9,000 jobs across the globe – around 20% of its ...

26/05/2020

New debt laws announced amidst fears or rising problem debts during COVID-19 crisis

The Scottish Parliament has passed a series of new debt laws that are intended to help people struggling with problem debt, as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. The laws, which were passed on May ...

19/05/2020

Covid-19 – Scottish unemployment levels rise to 113,000 

According to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people currently claiming unemployment benefit in Scotland has increased to 113,000 and the rate of unemployment is currently at 4.1%.   The ...

18/05/2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Kindness matters

Kindness matters, that’s the message to Scots as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off today (May 18). Now in its 20th year the nation-wide campaign, run by the Mental Health Foundation, strives to raise awareness ...

14/05/2020

110,000 apply for self-employment grant in four hours

Yesterday, government support for freelancers and self-employed workers across the UK opened to a staggering 110,000 applications in its first morning. Announced on 26 March, the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) offers a vital lifeline ...

13/05/2020

New bill to provide welcome support for Scots facing debt

A new bill has been proposed by the Scottish government that would bring further protection for those struggling with debt during the coronavirus pandemic. If MSPs vote to pass the second Coronavirus Scotland Bill, it ...

12/05/2020

Covid-19 – Furlough scheme to be extended to October

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today revealed plans for the extension of the UK government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Updating MPs in a statement from the House of Commons, Sunak confirmed that the furlough scheme – ...