Second Review of Strategic Frameworks

The First Minister has announced the results of the latest review of COVID-19 protection levels in Scotland. The majority of local authorities will remain at their current level.

Two local authorities, East Lothian and Midlothian will move from level 3 to level 2 from next Tuesday 24 November.

Eleven council areas will move into level 4 restrictions from 6pm on Friday 20 November through to 11 December. These are:

             The City of Glasgow;

             Renfrewshire;

             East Renfrewshire;

             East Dunbartonshire;

             West Dunbartonshire;

             North Lanarkshire;

             South Lanarkshire;

             East Ayrshire;

             South Ayrshire;

             Stirling; and

             West Lothian.

Travel restrictions will be put into law to prevent people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose – such as work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations will also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

Click here to view restrictions.

Business Support

In addition to the UK furlough scheme, all businesses that require to close, at any level, are eligible for a four weekly grant of £2,000 or £3,000, depending on rateable value.

Grants of £1,400 or £2,100 are available to businesses that are open, but subject to trading restrictions.

A £30 million discretionary fund is being created to enable local authorities to provide additional support for businesses where they consider that necessary or justified – for example, for businesses in supply chains, or to taxi drivers suffering a severe but indirect effect.

£15 million is also being made available for newly self-employed people who have not been able to access other forms of support and £15 million will be available to local authorities to help with the community and social impact of a move to level 4.

More details of these funds will be made available shortly. Click here for more information.


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