Renfrewshire Council

Take 5 Staff News - 22 April 2021

Welcome to this week's Take 5, our weekly staff update, designed to bring you our latest news items in a five minute read...

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Your weekly coronavirus update

This week, the Scottish Government confirmed a number of significant changes to coronavirus restrictions from Monday 26 April including a shift for areas currently at Level 4 (including all of mainland Scotland) moving to Level 3.

From Monday, those who have been shielding can now return to school and work - if you cannot work from home. Those who can work from home are being asked to continue doing so for now.

Other significant changes include:

  • All remaining shops, close contact services, gyms, swimming pools and indoor attractions such as galleries, museums and libraries can reopen.
  • Cafés, pubs and restaurants can re-open and people will be able to visit these places in groups of up to 6 people, from up to 6 different households outdoors. Indoors the maximum will be 6 people from two households.
  • Non-essential informal childcare can re-start.
  • Driving lessons and driving tests can resume.

For more details and the latest information visit the Scottish Government website.

Benefits and changes of circumstances - what do I need to know?

This past year has meant lots of changes for all of us. For some this includes changes to working hours and income which can have an impact on your entitlement to things such as Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction or Council Tax Second Adult Rebate.

Some of the key changes that can impact your entitlement include:

  • A change to yours or a member of your household's income or number of hours worked
  • Changes to your household (someone moving in or out)
  • Change of address (moving home)
  • Change to your rent

We want to help you avoid any overpayments or unwelcome debts developing. So, it's important that any changes in circumstances are notified correctly and within one month of the change. The best way to do this is through the Renfrewshire Council MyAccount portal.

If you're not sure if you need to report a change, it's always better to check. There's lots of information and support available on the Benefits, money and debt advice page on our website.

Care for a cuppa

We know how challenging it can be to juggle work and caring responsibilities, especially right now. That's why we offer a range of supports to help our working carers, including our Carers Connected network, where colleagues who are also unpaid carers can link in, share advice, and have a friendly chat.

You may already be a member of Carers Connected or a working carer and want to find out more - either way, we'd love to meet you!

Why not join us for our next virtual "Care for a Cuppa" event on Wednesday28 April at 3.30pmand meet special guestLinda who is coming along to provide expert information and advice on 'Power of Attorney' and answer any questions you may have.

Please follow the link to book your place.

If you'd like to know more about the above event or any the support services available to working carers, please contact: Fiona Sinclair, HR & OD Adviser / 07483 947 469.

You can also find out more about the supports available for our working carers on our Council staff with caring responsibilities webpage.

Look out for something phishy!

As we approach the Scottish Parliament Election it's important to be aware of the additional risk from cyber criminals looking to gain access to private information.

Commonly known as 'phishing scams', these often take the form of emails from seemingly reputable sources. Instances of phishing scams are also increasing through phone call  and across social media platforms.

Knowing how to spot a phishing scam and what to do if you think you have received one is vital to protecting your information both at home and at work.

To help you, we have a wide range of cyber security courses available on our iLearn platform, including 'What is phishing', 'Types of phishing', and 'How to spot a phish'.

If you receive something that seems 'phishy' do not open any links or call any phone numbers contained within the message. If you suspect you may have fallen victim to a phishing scam at work please contact our ICT team on 0141 618 7777 immediately.

For more information on personal and professional online safety you can visit our RenSafeOnline website.

Show us your Paisley

As part of Paisley Museum's 150th anniversary celebrations, Paisley born designer and Paisley Museum patron Dr Pam Hogg is looking for your examples of items that contain the famous Paisley pattern.

The most intriguing and unusual submissions will be considered for inclusion in a new display being created as part of the museum's £42million redevelopment.

Items can be historic or contemporary, high-fashion or functional, but all need to feature the iconic teardrop motif.

Pam said, 'The Paisley pattern has had a lasting impact on the world and has been endlessly reinterpreted and reinvented. There are examples of Paisley pattern all around us and I'd like to encourage the public to share their items and the stories of how they were acquired, used, loved and passed down'.

A photograph of your Paisley items should be emailed to or shared on social media using #ShowUsYourPaisley and tagging @paisleymuseum by Sunday 30 May 2021.

Don't forget to include a description and tell us the story behind the object.

Our Wellbeing

Our Staff Wellbeing webpage is there to provide you with information and contacts to help keep you well during this time.

Got a story?

Don't forget, we'd love to hear from you! If you have a story to tell or something interesting to share, get in touch with us by emailing