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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on support, information, food and other essentials

Guidance on the help and support available to protect the wellbeing of people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on support, information, food and other essentials
Finances, including employment

Finances, including employment

Employed but can’t work due to COVID-19

Job retention scheme

If your place of work has shut down or there’s no work for you because of coronavirus, you can carry on getting paid. Your employer might use the government Coronavirus Job Retention scheme to pay you while there’s no work to do. If you’ve been 'furloughed', your employer is probably using the scheme. 

Information on statutory sick pay and the financial support available if you have symptoms of coronavirus.

Help with money


If you’ve been financially affected by coronavirus, and if you’re eligible, you should apply for Statutory Sick Pay, Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this process easier. Find out more from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Scottish Welfare Fund

If you are experiencing a crisis you may be eligible for a Crisis Grant through the Scottish Welfare Fund. You can find further information on The Scottish Welfare Fund and links to your local authority’s website at:

Struggling with energy bills?

Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282

Advice on benefits and money worries

Citizens Advice Scotland or telephone 0800 028 1456

Business support

The Find Business Support website coronavirus advice or telephone 0300 303 0660 – open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.