With a target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and a challenging interim target of 42% reduction by 2020, Scotland’s Climate Change Bill is widely recognised as world leading in its ambition.
This represents both a real opportunity and a major challenge for businesses. Green Business Fife is here to provide support and help.
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Central heating is responsible for up to a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas output: a challenge that must be solved if we are to meet the legally-binding net zero targets set by the UK Government and Scottish Government. Switching carbon-emitting natural gas for hydrogen, which doesn't produce carbon when it burns, is one of the ways that we can keep homes and businesses warm and safe while making ground in the fight against the climate emergency.
The Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes.
The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000.
PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible you must meet all of the criteria below
- Became self-employed on/after 6th April 2019 (did not submit a tax return including income from self-employment for 2018-19)
- Over 50% of individual income is from self-employment
- Trading profits below £50,000 in financial year 2019-20
- Can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and intend to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21
- Have lost business due to coronavirus and experience personal financial hardship as a result
- Ineligible for other COVID-19 related business support (including the Business Interruption Loan Schemes, Corporate Finance Fund, Job Retention Schemes, Future Fund, R&D Focussed SMEs Fund, HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Non-Domestic Rates relief, Small Business Grant or other business support)
- Do not receive working age benefit payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit
- If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or have received an advance from Universal Credit you are not eligible. If you have applied for Universal Credit but are not yet in receipt you will be eligible if you meet all other criteria
- Trade as self-employed, not as a limited company or partnership
- Have taken steps to limit costs and expenditure (including through schemes such as VAT deferral and seeking a mortgage payment holiday)
- Do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs
Registration is now open for the "Behaviour Change for Net Zero" seminar at the ECCI Edinburgh on the afternoon of Thursday 26th March. Hosted by Energy at Edinburgh this is the second seminar in a series of events looking at the energy system challenges involved in the energy transition. This is part of the activities leading up to sessions on this ‘Getting to Net Zero’ topic at All-Energy 2020 in Glasgow on Weds 13th and Thurs 14th May.
The updated Scottish National Transport Strategy (NTS2) has today been announced by Michael Matheson MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Scotland’s new National Transport Strategy sets out an ambitious and compelling vision for Scotland’s transport system for the next 20 years.
A £100 million carbon zero business and innovation park in Kirkcaldy has been unveiled as the central plank of a new economic action plan to improve mid-Fife’s fortunes.