SUPPORT AND ADVICE
This is an anxious and uncertain time, but please do contact the constituency office if you have any questions or concerns.
Or phone on 01856 876541.
Liam is also sending out weekly newsletters with the latest information and advice. If you would like to sign up to Liam's mailing list, please drop us an email. Meantime, the following information relating to Covid-19 may be useful to you.
COVID Protection Levels and Advice
Orkney, as of 5 June 2021, is under Level 0 of COVID-19 restrictions. These measures will be regularly monitored by the Scottish Government. You can read more on the Level rules here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-0/
The latest information from NHS Scotland and Scottish Government in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, can be found at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19
The latest advice can also be accessed on 0800 028 2816.
If you have any of the following symptoms, please self-isolate for 7 days and book a test. If you live with other people you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
- a high temperature or fever
• a new continuous cough
• a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste
To book a test, please call NHS Orkney on 01856 888 211 between 09:30-19:00 Monday-Friday or 09:30-12:00 on a Saturday. Please only call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms are severe.
If you are a key worker and develop symptoms or a family member does, you can register for a test at www.self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk
- If you need information about measures for businesses, information can be found here through the Business Gateway: https://www.bgateway.com/news/guidance-for-business-owners-in-scotland-on-coronavirus-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR2GmwpYdnuCUivSAjQezwLefilkJRDFjwxyl9l6pYtD_gcj94awSKgQNy4
Orkney specific information can be found here: https://www.bgateway.com/local-offices/orkney/local-support
Scottish businesses can also call a new advice helpline on 0300 303 0660.
- If you are shielding and require any assistance, you can contact the Orkney Coronavirus Information Hub on 01856 879 900 or email [email protected]
- This can be an incredibly challenging time for our mental health. If you need support, information or advice, you can contact Breathing Space for free on 0800 83 85 87 or visit their website to find out about their services here: https://breathingspace.scot/
If you have suffered bereavement during this time, support is available from Cruse Bereavement on 0845 600 227.
Employment and Social Security
Statutory Sick Pay
You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine. To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.
Proof of sickness
If you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS online. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.
If you have recently become unemployed, you can find information on how to claim support here: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
HMRC has now contacted customers believed to be eligible for SEISS, based on their existing information. If you have not been contacted by HMRC and believe you may be eligible for SEISS, you can check here if you can make a claim.
You can also apply for Universal Credit.
If you need advice on your personal finances you can contact:
Orkney Citizen’s Advice Bureau: call 01856 875266 or email [email protected] and a local adviser will get back to you as soon as possible.
The Money Advice Service: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk or 0800 138 7777.
Last updated: 10 June 2021