Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The new Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on Tuesday 26 May.The Scheme will enable small and medium sized employers with fewer than 250 employees to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay. Tax agents will also be able to make claims on behalf of their employers. HMRC has published online guidance which includes information about who can use the scheme and the records employers must keep. To find out more please visit GOV.UK


Supporting Communities Safely Guidance

Throughout Caithness communities are fighting COVID 19. This Scottish Community Development Centre website provides advice on how to virus proof the fantastic things you are doing and reduce the risk of indirect spread. Please read them carefully if you are starting to provide support or reviewing what you are doing already. The guidance covers effective hand washing, handling cash, from store to door, safe vehicles and many more issues.


CASWA (Caithness & Sutherland Women’s Aid)


Caithness & Sutherland Women’s Aid (CASWA) have adapted quickly to enable them to continue to deliver a service in light of the current situation. They continue to provide ongoing one to one support and information by phone, email and text to those who need it at this challenging time. Their helpline remains open Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) and they continue to accept and respond to new referrals. CASWA are updating their website (particularly the blog section) and their social media channels with relevant, specific information on a regular basis and are continuing with their efforts to raise awareness around the continuation and availability of their service.Please see the contact details and links below for helpful information.

Tel: 0345 408 0151 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

E-mail: Website: (Contact Us tab on website)

FB: @CaithnessAndSutherlandWomensAid Instagram: @caswa_womensaidvv

Support for those at high COVID-19 risk

National helpline established for those who do not have family or community support.
A new national helpline is being set up to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The service – which opens tomorrow (Tuesday) – will offer help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. This service is in addition to localised support already available for people who have received letters advising them to shield themselves. However, any of those in the shielding category who are not yet receiving assistance, who do not have family and cannot get online can access support via this new helpline. Anyone not in these categories but still looking for support should visit The helpline – 0800 111 4000 – will initially operate during core working hours of 09:00 to 17:00 while plans are developed and implemented to extend it to operate for a longer period each day. Callers will be automatically connected to their local authority who will support them to access the service they need, such as:

essential food and medication

links to local social work

emotional support