Mike Rumbles - Covid 19 update

The latest update from Mike Rumbles MSP and helpful information during the coronavirus outbreak.

For direct information about symptoms or what to do if you think you may have coronavirus go to www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus 




An additional £19.2 million is to be invested in Carer’s Allowance Supplement so that around 83,000 eligible carers will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June.

For more information: CLICK HERE



A new £5 million programme will offer an internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the response to coronavirus. The Connecting Scotland programme will connect 9,000 more people who are considered at clinically high risk themselves so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family.

Eligible digitally excluded people will be identified by local authorities and third sector organisations and offered a device with a mobile internet data package, which will be delivered to their homes. A ‘digital champion’ will provide phone and online support for an initial period of six months.

For more information: CLICK HERE 


A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis. The Private Rent Sector Landlord COVID-19 Loan Scheme will offer eligible landlords up to 100% of lost rental income for a single property. It will support private-sector landlords who are not classified as businesses, have five or less properties to rent and have lost rental income due to tenants unable to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information: CLICK HERE 


There is concern that domestic abuse may increase during the lockdown.

You can access help: HERE


See Mike's intervention on Testing during the Deputy First Minister's Covid 19 Update in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday: HERE




  • UK Government news: www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications
  • Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
  • Aberdeen City Council Updates: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19
  • Aberdeenshire Council Updates: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/
  • Angus Council Updates: https://www.angus.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Dundee City Council Updates: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/services/covid-19
  • NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
  • NHS Grampian website: https://covid19.nhsgrampian.org/
  • NHS Tayside website: https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/YourHealthWellbeing/PROD_334959/index.htm
  • Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816
  • Health Protection Scotland Guidance www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
  • Federation of Small Businesses: fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
  • Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660
  • NFU Scotland advice https://www.nfus.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirusqa.aspx
  • Ready Scotland Information https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/



New community mutual aid groups are being established to help vulnerable people all over the North East. Here are the links to some of their Facebook groups. Please do search for more local groups in your area and please sign up and offer your support if you can.

- Aberdeen - www.facebook.com/groups/2550692921870646/
- Aberdeenshire - www.facebook.com/groups/aberdeenshire.mutual.aid/
- Dundee - www.facebook.com/groups/2259913884303722/



This is an anxious and uncertain time but we wanted you to know that Mike Rumbles MSP and our local councillors are ready to help in whatever way that we can.

You can email Mike at:

We hope you found this practical advice and information helpful.

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