Closed for bank holiday – reopening on 21st July

We are now closed for the Glasgow Fair bank holiday and we will resume our services at 9am on Tuesday 21st July 2020. Our office will remain closed to the public as before, however our staff will continue to deliver services remotely.

Update on disability benefits face to face assessments

The DWP announced on 6th July 2020:

• Face-to-face assessments to remain suspended, but kept under review

• Some review and reassessment activity to gradually resume from July 2020 for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

• People are encouraged not to delay making claims as all benefits remain open and telephone and paper based assessments are in place where appropriate.

This temporary suspension, initially brought in for three months to protect people from unnecessary risk of coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, will remain in place following a consideration of the latest public health guidance. date

Government’s Furlough Scheme extended until end of October 2020 but June 10th deadline for new furlough arrangements

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will now remain open until the end of October 2020 and furloughed workers across the UK can continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 per month. However, June 10th is the deadline for any new furlough arrangements to begin as workers must have completed three weeks on the scheme by June 30th. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time.  Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them – and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.  From August 2020, the level of government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work. That means that for June and July the government will continue to pay 80% of people’s salaries.  In the following months, businesses will be asked to contribute a share, but crucially individuals will continue to receive that 80% of salary covering the time they are unable to work.  For more information see www.Gov.UK or the Money Saving Expert website https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/employed-help-coronavirus-furlough

Scottish Government to invest £19.2 million to support 83,000 Scottish Carers

As part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, the Scottish Government is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is in recognition of the additional pressure carers are under as a result of the ongoing pandemic. If approved by parliament, around 83,000 eligible Scottish carers will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June. As with the current supplement, they will not need to do anything to get this extra payment as it will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. This would mean that carers receive an additional £690.30 this year on top of their Carer’s Allowance and any other income.

Funding success for Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP)

Shettleston’s award winning Growing Project has been awarded over £118K by the National Lottery Community Fund, to allow it continue its work for another three years.  The award will allow it to continue to: help local people grow food for their families, get children involved through the Smelly Welly Club after-school and holiday programme, run a volunteer programme, work with local schools  and deliver special events for the whole community.  Exciting new work the Project will be getting involved in will be helping to establish a community pantry in the local area that will give people access to low cost food, including fresh fruit and vegetables.  Shettleston Housing Association was instrumental in getting SCGP off the ground in the first place and has continued to support it as a valuable community asset.  Next year will be the SCGP’s 10th anniversary so the Lottery funding is a great boost in the run up to its big year. 

At the moment, of necessity, many of the SCGP’s activities are suspended due to the Coronavirus lockdown.  In the meantime they are continuing to keep the site in good shape and growing their crops so that things can be picked up quickly when allowed to do so. If you would like to get in touch with the Growing Project, contact Jane McBride on 763 2821.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-04-28/7-3-million-of-national-lottery-cash-bolster-incredible-efforts-of-scottish-community-projects