Find out about redundancy support available to people and businesses in Scotland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including a national helpline for those in need immediately 

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Free redundancy support from Skills Development Scotland

PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) is the Scottish Government's national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations. Free support and advice is delivered through Skills Development Scotland to help minimise the impact for people and businesses facing redundancy.

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Need more information about how PACE can help?

Call the helpline on 0800 917 8000 to speak to an adviser.

Individuals can learn more about support from PACE at My World of Work.

Check out the PACE toolkit for promoting PACE services and how to get involved.

​Employers can find out more about how PACE can support staff through the redundancy process at Our Skillsforce.​

Visit the Employability Skills page for more information on the support we provide for individuals to improve their work-based and employability skills.

NEW 08 October: Training for people facing redundancy and unemployment People who have lost their jobs or who are at risk of redundancy as a result of COVID-19 can access support to retrain through a new fund launched by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop. The £25 million National Transition Training Fund will help up to 10,000 people aged 25 and over to develop the skills required to move into sectors with the greatest potential for future growth and job opportunities.

Grant funding to support recruitment of redundant apprentices

Adopt an Apprentice helps covers the costs of recruiting a Modern Apprentice who has been made redundant.

Businesses are eligible for a £2,000 grant to support a redundant MA to continue their apprenticeship and work towards their qualification. In the oil and gas industry, a £5,000 grant is available.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021. Under this scheme, employers can furlough employees who they might otherwise have to make redundant due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The UK Government will pay 80% of the wages (up to a maximum of £2,500 a month) of these furloughed employees to preserve jobs.

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Selling or closing your business - the basics

Business Gateway’s guide to selling or closing your business explains business owners’ obligations before walking away. The free online guide covers aspects such as finalising your taxes, making employee transfers or redundancies, and who to notify of your plans. It offers guidance whether you are a sole trader, partnership or limited company.

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Major changes to insolvency law come into force

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act has received Royal Assent and came into force on 26 June 2020. The Act is the largest change to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime in more than 20 years. It introduces new corporate restructuring tools and temporary easements to give distressed businesses the breathing space they need to get advice and seek a rescue.

Find out more about how this could impact you on the UK Government's website.


New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

The UK Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate. The new law will:

  • ensure that furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate
  • mean those furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are not short-changed if they are made redundant
  • also apply to statutory notice pay and other entitlements, providing some reassurance during this difficult time.

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Furlough and redundancy

The UK Government has published guidance for people who were furloughed using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, then made redundant because their employer is now insolvent. You may be eligible to apply for payments from the Insolvency Service.

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