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The Scottish Parliament has unanimously supported new emergency measures to help people in Scotland get through the crisis caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill will

  • Allow Scottish Ministers to temporarily intervene and manage care home services where there is a serious risk to the life, health or wellbeing of any person in that home for any reason connected with COVID-19.
  • Provide an additional £19.2 million investment in the Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
  • Make sure COVID-19 grant funding goes to those companies that pay their fair share of tax, by excluding those who seek to minimise their tax arrangements to the detriment of the wider economy.
  • Introduce notice to leave periods for students in purpose-built student accommodation.
  • Give additional protections for those facing bankruptcy.
  • Fund an additional £5 million to local authorities through Discretionary Housing Payments, to support tenants who are now under severe financial pressures.

There are also legislative changes in areas including non-domestic rates relief, proceeds of crime and the wider operation of Scotland’s criminal justice system.

Whether it is taking action to safeguard the population’s health such as the measures relating to care homes, helping people in debt or students with accommodation costs,  the Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to help Scotland get through this most testing of times.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill and supporting documents can be read on the Scottish Parliament website.