Government support for social care workers

Published on 27 May 2020

The Scottish Government has stepped in to provide additional funding to ensure all social care workers receive enhanced sick pay where they have received a positive COVID-19 test.

Where any social care worker dies without death-in-service cover in their contracted pension arrangements, the Scottish Government also plans to provide a one-off payment of £60,000 to a named survivor. 

The Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman said:

“Social Care staff provide a critical and valuable service, never more apparent than during this emergency period...In recognition of the current exceptional circumstances and in order to ensure that social care workers are given the urgent support they deserve, we will develop a Scottish Government funded scheme for care workers in respect of sick pay and death in service benefits. We will continue to work with local government, social care providers and trades unions on further details of the plans over the course of next week.”