COVID-19

My office and I are on hand and ready to provide assistance to constituents who are facing challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can contact us with any enquiries by calling 01369 702011 or emailing me at michael.russell.msp@parliament.scot

Whilst we don’t have all the answers, particularly with guidance changing frequently we will endeavour to help in any way we can.

Keeping abreast of information from the Scottish and UK Governments is essential and below are some useful links to access up to date guidance.

We will continue to add to the information provided below as things develop.

Scottish Government:

Latest information on COVID-19 (updated daily at 2pm: www.gov.scot/coronavirus

Latest health advice: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Business advice and support: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

Business support helpline: 0300 303 0660

Scottish Government statements and updates:

Education: https://www.gov.scot/publications/statement-covid19-managing-impacts-scottish-education/

Economy: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12588&i=113780

UK Government:

HMRC Helpline: 0800 0159 559

Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

COVID-19 updates and guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Guidance for employees: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

In addition my office are working with Argyll and Bute Council and the Health and Social Care Partnership to aid those in need to access the support which is available. The following links can provide details on the assistance available in your area:

Bute and Cowal: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-contacts-bute-and-cowal

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-contacts-mid-argyll-kintyre-and-islands

Oban, Lorn and the Isles: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-contacts-oban-lorn-and-isles

These lists are updating frequently and should you require assistance that cannot be found above please feel free to contact my office and we will seek the assistance you require.

Many other agencies are offering useful advice now too and some are outlined below.

Insurance Advice:

Statement from Association of British Insurers on Covid-19 insurance

ABI Covid-19 Q+A

Ready Scotland additional support: https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/where-to-find-additional-support/

Age Scotland: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/

Emergency numbers
Emergency: 999
Non-emergency Police Scotland: 101
National non-emergency medical number: 111
Emergency mobile number: 112

Other emergency contacts
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650
Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Floodline: 0345 988 1188
Electricity emergency: 0800 40 40 90
Gas emergency: 0800 111 999
NHS 24: 111
Power cut in your area: 105
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: 0800 0731 999
Scottish Water: 0800 0778 778
The Samaritans: 116 123
Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

Women’s Aid: 0800 027 1234

Argyll & Bute Council Out of hours/ emergency phone numbers
Housing repairs: 0800 028 2755
Homelessness: 0345 056 5457
Social work services: 01631 566 491/ 01631 569 712
Property maintenance services: 0845 601 4073
Dangerous buildings: Police Scotland 101
Local and minor roads or lighting defects: 0800 373 635
Trunk road defects: 0800 028 1414