COVID-19/Coronavirus

Because of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak and in line with official advice, my office has been closed to the public since 17 March until further notice.

Please be assured that my team and I continue to assist constituents, are available to help as best we can, and can be contacted as normal by:

Phone on 0131 600 0134

Email at: ben.macpherson.msp@parliament.scot

 This temporary closure is so that my team and I can concentrate our efforts on helping constituents, whilst following official advice and ensuring that we minimise any risk of spreading infection.

Unfortunately, I have also had to cancel my weekly face-to-face advice surgeries.

I appreciate your cooperation and hope to return to normal service as soon as possible. This is obviously a concerning time for people, life as we know it will have to change to protect people, but everybody has a role to play in helping contain this outbreak.

Everyone should now be staying at home whenever possible. The permissible reasons for leaving home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities but do this as infrequently as possible;
  • To take exercise, alone or with your household, not in groups, once a day;
  • For medical reasons – for yourself or if you’re providing care or support for a vulnerable person;
  • To travel to essential work if it absolutely cannot be done from home.

If you go out then please engage in social distancing (2 metres away from other people) to help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Below are some helpful links that have information relating to the Coronavirus. As you are aware the situation is constantly changing so please keep checking the information as it is updated on the websites.

Health:

Health Advice from NHS Inform

National Number for Vulnerable People or People in Need of Further Support: 0800 111 4000

Care Homes Urgent PPE Enquiries

Call: 0300 303 3020 between 8am-8pm, 7 days per week
Email: support@socialcare-nhs.info

PLEASE NOTE: when calling the helpline to request PPE kit, you will be required to provide your Care Inspectorate Registration Number.

NHS Workers PPE Enquiries:

covid-19-health-PPE@gov.scot

Edinburgh Council contact details for shielding people with letters:

By Phone: 0131 200 2388

By Email: shielding@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh Council contact details for vulnerable people or people who need more support:

By Phone: 0131 200 2306

By Email: edinburghvulnerable@edinburgh.gov.uk

Scottish Government:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – further information

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making

News

Covid-19/Coronavirus Information

Businesses:

Scot Gov Advice for Businesses

Business Gateway Advice

Scottish Enterprise Advice

Edinburgh Council Business Advice

15 April Scottish Government Additional Support

Council Tax:

CAS Advice on Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Domestic Abuse:

Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

Rape Crisis Covid-19 Textline and Helpline

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

Education:

Guidance for Parents and Families-Parents Club

Childcare Provision for Key Workers

Scottish Government Supporting Pupils, Parents and Teachers During Term 4 Guidance

Edinburgh Council:

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information

Housing:

Shelter Advice Page

Homeowners:

Money Advice Service on Mortgage Holidays

Key workers:

School and ELC Closures – Guidance for Key Workers

Nurses and Midwives:

RCN Guidance

Motorists:

UK Government MOT Advice

Older people:

Age Scotland Advice

Self-employed:

HMRC Helpline for Self-employed People and Businesses

15 April Scottish Government Additional Support

Social Security:

Universal Credit Advice on Social Security for Those with Covid-19

Entitledto Advice

Travel:

International Advice FCO

Third Sector:

SCVO Advice

Volunteering:

Ready Scotland National Volunteer Scheme

General Volunteering

Returning Health and Social Care Workers

Volunteer Edinburgh

NHS Lothians

Workers:

Protecting Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

UK Government Guidance for Employees

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