Scottish Living Wage

The Scottish Living wage has increased this week to £9.50 per hour. Over 180 employers have become accredited Living Wage employers in Scotland since the start of the pandemic, including ENABLE Scotland who have become accredited today.


Rural Scotland’s communities offered tourism expertise to support local recovery

A programme to help community development organisations and social enterprises support the recovery of rural Scotland’s tourism sector is being launched today (Thursday 2 July).
People working in community development with an interest in tourism, can apply for one of 15 places in the ‘Communities Leading in Tourism’ initiative starting in late September and running until December. The 12-day programme will give participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the tourism sector, including exploring the challenges and opportunities faced following the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s designed to develop the leadership skills needed to influence, plan and support sustainable tourism recovery.

This is the second of three intakes of candidates for the ground-breaking pilot programme which has been developed by social and economic development agencies Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

Douglas Cowan, director of Communities and Place at HIE, said: “When we developed this programme, we wanted to build a Scotland wide network of community leaders connecting local development and tourism.  As we tackle the impacts of COVID-19 in rural Scotland, community leadership is more important than ever. Engaging communities is an essential part of developing sustainable tourism going forward.” The Social Enterprise Academy (SEA), which has supported over 14,000 social economy learners, is delivering the blended learning programme of six live online learning sessions, six days of online learning, and three planned two-day residential tourism visits in Skye, the Trossachs and Stranraer. (The residential part of the programme will be subject to all COVID-19 government conditions.)Further information is available at


ACAS Update

Whilst focusing on other issues you may have missed the following changes that came into effect in April:

  • The introduction of Parental Bereavement leave and pay
  • The extension of rights to receive and what should be included in a Written Statement of Employment Particulars
  • Changes to the period used for the calculation of Holiday Pay
  • Reduction in the numbers required under the ICE (Information and Consultation of Employees) regulations to request to be informed and consulted on workplace matters
  • The abolition of the Swedish Derogation under the Agency Workers Regulations

Go to where there is lots of good guidance for employers during the Covid pandemic



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