Latest COVID-19 news and updates from SELECT

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This page will keep you informed you with daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might affect you. To contact SELECT, please click here.

‘Safety and collaboration key to restart’

22 May: The CICV Forum – of which SELECT is a leading member – has welcomed the announcement of a phased return to work – but says health and safety and collaboration are key. Read more here.

Government reveals roadmap to restart

21 May: The Scottish Government has today published COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making, Scotland’s route map for easing restrictions and moving out of lockdown. Read more here.

SELECT AGM postponed until September

21 May: Due to the current issues with social distancing and crowd gathering restrictions, SELECT has taken the decision to postpone this year’s AGM. Read more here.

HMRC webinars

21 May: HMRC are holding a couple of webinars this week to support businesses and individuals through the pandemic. To sign up and get more information follow the link on Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim

Employment affairs keeping you up to date

21 May: Employment affairs have updated the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and furlough information on our website.

Digital Drop In FAQs

20 May: We’ve added a new page that will be updated weekly with a shortlist of Member’s FAQs that are discussed in our drop in sessions we are hosting every Friday. Read more here.

SELECT’s weekly Drop-Ins

19 May: SELECT’s Member Services team are running a Digital Drop-In webinar this Friday (22 May) as part of our weekly catch-ups throughout lockdown. SELECT staff will be on hand to answer techical, training, employment and membership questions. Get involved here.

EDA PPE resources and help finding stockists

18 May: The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) have added a new section to their COVID-19 Hub providing information on which wholesalers and manufacturers have PPE available, plus some check lists you might find useful. Read more here.

Member questions answered at Digital Drop-In

15 May: Our Membership team hosted its second Digital Drop-In session this week, giving Members the chance to put questions about a wide range of issues to a panel of SELECT experts. Read more here.

Furloughing information and fund advice updated

15 May: With the furloughing scheme now extended until October, we’ve updated our information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, revised FAQs and the section on what to do next. We’ve also updated advice about the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund.

Redundancy payments advice now available

15 May: We’ve added new information about the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS), which provides help to employers who wish to make employees redundant but cannot afford to make statutory redundancy payments. Find out more here.

Self Employment Support Scheme now open

14 May: The COVID-19 Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open with payments being made within six days. Find out more here.

Members given 30% subscription fees refund

13 May: SELECT is giving Members a 30% refund on their 2020 subscription fees to help ease some of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Furlough scheme extended to October

12 May: Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK scheme to pay wages of workers on leave because of Coronavirus will be extended to October. Read more here.

Latest Member update from MD Alan Wilson

12 May: In his latest update, SELECT Manging Director Alan Wilson has revealed that SELECT is involved in plans for restart and is also preparing for the next Digital Drop-In webinar. Find out more here.

Extra £45 million made available to SMEs

11 May: The Scottish Government has announced an additional £45 million in funding under the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund for SME firms impacted by COVID-19. Ready the full story here.

Protective signage issued to help key workers

11 May: SELECT is distributing new protective signage to help Members carrying out emergency and essential electrical work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Forum issues five-point plan to help contractors

8 May: The CICV Forum, of which SELECT is a key member, has written to Holyrood urging the Government to adopt a five-point plan to assist contractors through the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.

New furlough letter added to online resource

8 May: Our Employment Affairs team has added another letter template to the ongoing furlough assistance – this time Preparations for Return to Work and Employee Survey. Copy and download it here.

Emergency loan fund for SME housebuilders

7 May: Housebuilders will be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1 million from the Scottish Government to support them through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more here.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

6 May: A handy new UK Government webinar provides an overview of the Rebate Scheme, looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records and more. Find out more here.

Case study shows safe working in action

6 May: A new case study by the CICV Forum, of which SELECT is a leading member, reveals how one firm successfully completed a project at the Louisa Jordan hospital while the maintaining highest standards of safe working. Read it here.

Government support options outlined

5 May: A table that lists the Government support options for business of all sizes, to help you figure out which funding is the best option for you and your business is here.

Redundancy Letter templates

5 May: Redundancy letter templates and a helpful Redundancy calculation table can be found here that you can download or copy and paste. We’ve also created a Points Based Selection Criteria Assessment Form to use only as a guide when going through the redundancy process.

New Bounce Back Loans to launch today

4 May: This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to access loans of up to £50,000. Applications for loans open today (4 May 2020). Read more here on the Direct Gov website and our breakdown of eligibility and applying for it here.

Test, Trace, Isolate, Support document published

4 May: The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has a published ‘Test, Trace, Isolate, Support’ document to help with a proposed restart. Read more here.

SELECT helps government look to the future

4 May: SELECT has joined with other vital certification scheme providers to work with the Scottish Government to identify and address issues during the COVID-19 lockdown and develop a strategy for the future. Read more here.

Bodies urge sector to make cashflow a priority

1 May: The CICV Forum and Construction Scotland have urged the sector to step up and ensure payments are made on time to safeguard cashflow and ensure business and job survival. Read more here.

A message from Fiona Harper and the SJIB

1 May: The Secretary of the SJIB says Grading Applications and ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment requests are now ‘a priority’. Read more here.

Infographic explains ‘essential work’ to public 

1 May: A new graphic provides greater clarity over essential work and helps the public understand exactly what construction projects key workers are permitted to carry out. See it here.

Cashflow paper aims to protect businesses 

30 April: A report of comprehensive recommendations to ease the cashflow crisis has been presented to the Scottish Government by the CICV Forum, of which SELECT is a key member. Read more here.

Update from SELECT MD Alan Wilson

30 April: As we begin the sixth week of lockdown, SELECT MD Alan Wilson outlines some of the many activities we have been undertaking to assist Members. Read more here.

Keeping essential workers safe from intimidation

29 April: After key workers reported being harassed and verbally abused during vital construction projects, SELECT is among the organisations helping the CICV Forum provide greater visibility on what constitutes ‘essential work’. Read more here.

More than 90% of wholesalers open

29 April: More than 90 per cent of UK electrical wholesalers are continuing to trade, with only a handful taking the decision to temporarily close completely, according to the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA). Read more here.

New furlough letter templates uploaded

28 April: SELECT has created a new suite of letter templates for employers who are furloughing workers. The four letters cover four separate stages – notification of furlough, keeping in touch, notice of extension and returning to work. You can find them here.

CICV Forum praises HMRC performance

28 April: The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum , of which SELECT is a key member, has hailed the “speed and efficiency” of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rollout – but says the real test will be if all claims are paid on time. Read the full story here.

Fast-track loan scheme announced

27 April: Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans of between £2,000 and £50,000 with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the Chancellor has announced. Find out more here.

New testing matrix for key workers

27 April: The Scottish Government has released details of who can access the expanded UK Government Testing Programme in Scotland and how to do so. Find out more here.

Find your nearest open wholesaler

24 April: The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has created an online resource showing which wholesalers are open for business.Out of 245 EDA member businesses, 154 are open and observing social distancing, with 61 offering a reduced service. Find out more here.

Special SELECT video gives carers a big hand

24 April: Staff and office bearers at SELECT have saluted NHS and key workers by putting their hands together in a special film to mark the weekly Clap for our Carers. Watch it and read the full story here.

Updates to SELECT furlough information

23 April: With the HMRC portal now open, we’ve updated our information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, revised FAQs and the section on what to do next.

CJRS webinars available from HMRC

23 April: In addition to our own guidance, just a reminder that HMRC are conducting a series of webinars to help with the Job Retention Scheme. These will include advice on calculating and processing your claim. Find out more and book your place here.

Advice on social distancing updated

22 AprilThe Scottish Government has published updated guidance for businesses on social distancing. Read more here.

Links to mental wellbeing advice

21 April: Our dedicated COVID-19 hub now has links to NHS and Scottish Government mental health advice, including a depression self-help guide, coping with money worries, struggling with stress and your mental wellbeing. Find out more here.

Update on support for newly self-employed

21 April: The £100 million fund to support the newly self-employed and SMEs announced last week will be broken into three separate funds and will be open for applications by the end of April. Read more here.

New advice on CJRS and furloughing available

21 April: SELECT has helped the CICV Forum produce an easy-to-follow guide about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furloughing, offering clear and concise advice on what to do next. Read it here.  

Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses

20 April: A UK Government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by Coronavirus has been expanded to cover all viable firms. Find out more here.

Animation advises on emergency domestic work

20 April: SELECT has played a key role in a new animation by the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum that offers clear and practical advice to contractors and customers during emergency domestic work. Watch the video and find out more here.

New CJRS information now available

18 April: Essential new information about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been released by the UK Government as follows:

Take our financial and employment survey

17 April: SELECT has issued a new survey to all Members to gather further data on the impact of business interruption, workforce provision, material supplies required at restart and the financial consequences of an extended lockdown. Take the survey here.

New furlough information now online

17 April: With the HMRC portal opening on Monday 20 April, we’ve updated our information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including revised FAQs and a new section on what to do next.

Virtual classroom set up for online training course

16 April: SELECT has set up a new virtual training classroom to allow Members to take part in an online version of our SQA Requirements for Electrical Installation Course (18th Edition), also known as the 218 course. Find out more here.

Cashflow drying up, new survey reveals

15 April: Cashflow has completely dried up for nearly 80% of firms in the construction industry in Scotland, according to businesses which responded to a major survey carried out by the newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum. Read the full story here.

Additional financial support announced

15 April: Around £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses, including the recently self-employed, to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Read our overview here.

Advice about project bank accounts

14 April: The Scottish Government has released important new information about signing requirements for project bank accounts (PBAs) during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full article here.

Updated furlough guidance available

10 April: Following the release of further information regarding the date of grant applications, our Employment Affairs team has added updates to our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme section and Furlough FAQs.

SECTT says apprenticeships are in safe hands

9 April: The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) has reassured the industry that electrical apprenticeships and training are in safe hands following the introduction of a range of emergency measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here.

Furlough flowchart now available

8 April: As well as our other furloughing advice, we’ve added an easy-to-follow furlough flowchart to our website, which gives you all the information you need at a glance. Take a look and download it here.

Get up to speed with new announcement

8 April: The legal team at MacRoberts have provided an overview of the latest changes to working guidance announced by the Scottish Government on 6 April. You can find them here.

Updated guidance added to website

7 April: Our Employment Affairs team has added new information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Furlough FAQs and Employment Guidance to our dedicated COVD-19 hub. We have also added a standalone Notification of Designation as a Furloughed Worker letter.

Guidance on cashflow and payments

7 April: A new section has been added to our dedicated COVID-19 hub, offering advice and information on cashflow and payments. Read the update here.

Update from Managing Director Alan Wilson

7 April: SELECT’s MD has issued another round-up of current activity, including online training, the range of advice now available and CICV Forum developments. Read it here.

Online training now available

6 April: SELECT is offering a range of e-learning courses SELECT to help Members develop their skills and stay compliant during the #COVID19 lockdown. Find out more here.

Update to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

6 April: The CBILS has been significantly expanded, along with changes to its features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need. Find out more here.

Take our quick COVID-19 survey

3 April: As part of our key role in the CICV Forum, SELECT is asking all Members to complete a new survey about the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. It only takes five minutes to have your say – fill it out here.

CICV Forum website launched

3 April: As a key member of the CICV Forum, we’re delighted to announce that the cross-industry group now has a dedicated website offering vital updates and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit it now at cicvforum.co.uk

Furlough FAQs uploaded

2 April: Our Employment Affairs team has drawn up a list of the most common questions we’re being asked about furloughs and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Read the FAQs here.

CABLEtalk magazine now out

1 April: The new edition of our stakeholder magazine, CABLEtalk, has been published today, complete with information and advice from SELECT to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the online version here.

BSG suspends helpline

31 March: The Building Safety Group has suspended its health and safety helpline until further notice. Members can still access the BSG Hub as normal here. For any health and safety inquiries, please call SELECT on 0131 445 557 or email admin@select.org.uk

Message from President Kevin Griffin

31 March: SELECT President Kevin Griffin has sent a personal email to all Members, reassuring them that the association is doing all it can to help contractors. Read his message here.

Guidance for landlords added

30 March: New guidance for landlords has been uploaded after a Scottish Government update about routine certification requirements during the crisis. Read the update here.

Self-employed measures welcomed

27 March: SELECT has cautiously welcomed new provisions for the self-employed, but says more clarity is still needed. Read the full story here. We’ve also uploaded some new guidance on the new self-employed measures here. Meanwhile, The Scottish Building Contracts Committee has urged the industry to work together to combat the impact of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Example CJRS furlough letter

26 March: We’ve updated our Employment Guidance section with the latest information and also created a letter template that can be adapted and sent to furloughed employees as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Download it and find out more here.

Workplace disruption guidance

25 March: SELECT has added new guidance about workplace disruption to the dedicated COVID-19 section of the website, with helpful topics including alternate duties, unpaid leave and the Job Retention Scheme. Find out more here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

24 March: SELECT has issued some limited information on the new CJRS, which is designed to assist businesses during the current crisis. Find out more here.

NHS issues plea for masks

24 March: The NHS has asked SELECT Members and the wider industry for help in tracking down stocks of FFP3 face masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Additional commercial support offered

23 March: SELECT has extended the range of coronavirus guidance to Members, with an additional commercial support service for those concerned about legal and contractual issues. Put together in conjunction with a number of industry experts, the service involves an initial consultation which is free for all Members up to 20 minutes. More details available here.

Stationery orders suspended

23 March: As SELECT continues to review its working practices during the coronavirus outbreak, no further stationery orders will be processed until further notice.

Pressing for action

20 March: To help Members’ interests, SELECT has joined nine other leading bodies to form the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum, pressing the Scottish Government to take action, help with cashflow and protect jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. The Forum – which represents the majority of contractor business in Scotland – has sent a joint letter to Fiona Hyslop, Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, urging her to support the Scottish construction sector. Members can also assist by lobbying their own MSPs asking for their support. Read more about the new CICV Forum here.

Statement from Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB

20 March: The Secretary of the Scottish Joint Industry Board, Fiona Harper, has issued a statement outlining the actions and preparations it’s taking for the potential implications on services. Fiona said: “We have developed a contingency business plan which we are now putting into place. At this time, our office is still open and we are making plans to carry on working from our homes. With the exception of the ECS HS&E Assessments invigilated here at the Walled Garden – I do not currently foresee any impact on the continuity of our service.” You can read Fiona’s statement in full here.

SELECTcerts

18 March: The operators of our SELECTcerts scheme, Computer Scene, adopted a work from home policy from Tuesday 17 March onwards. As phone support will be limited to one line only, the best form of support contact will be via email at select@csnet.co.uk

Retentions consultation

18 March: The Scottish Government has extended the current retentions consultation to 13 May. Members are still encouraged to submit their response to help us end the scourge of late and withheld payments.

IR35

17 March: The UK Government has delayed the start date for IR35 to 6 April 2021 – a move welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The government announced that the new off-payroll tax reforms would to be extended to help medium and large businesses in the private sector cope with the ongoing spread of coronavirus. BESA Head of Employment Affairs Paula Samuels said: “This is a welcome reprieve for our members, many of whom are already suffering the effects from the financial and economic fall-out of coronavirus.”

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