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Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care worker death in service payment

Published: 30 Jul 2020
Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 - see all updates

Information on the social care worker death in service benefit, including who can apply and how to apply.

Published:
30 Jul 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): social care worker death in service payment

Overview

This scheme provides a one-off payment of £60,000 to a named survivor of a social care worker who has died in service as a result of, or the suspected result of, contracting COVID-19 at work.

Who is eligible

You can apply to the scheme, regardless of existing pensions or life assurance cover, if you are the survivor of a member of the social care workforce who has died in service and any of the following apply:

  • they had been providing social care services in the course of their employment during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak, had been working in environments where it may reasonably be concluded that they contracted the disease in the course of performing their duties; and had COVID-19 as a factor in their death documented on their death certificate
  • their cause of death is known or suspected (but not necessarily documented on a death certificate) to be at least partly attributable to COVID-19 infection, and they had been working in, or adjacent to, areas in which there had been persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis being cared for

How to apply

If you are the deceased person's next of kin

You should contact the deceased person's employer and provide:

  • as much detail as possible about the circumstances surrounding their death, including any documentation relating to the causes of their death
  • your personal details, including full name, age and  address, and payment details and preferred method of payment
  • details of your relationship with the deceased, including whether you are a nominee, a relative or a dependant of the deceased, or another person who was likely to succeed to any of the estate of the deceased

If you are applying on behalf of someone else

You should contact the deceased person's employer and provide:

  • as much detail as possible about the circumstances surrounding their death, including any documentation relating to the causes of their death
  • the personal details of the person on whose behalf you are applying, including full name, age and address (and your own details including your relationship to the prospective beneficiary
  • details of the prospective beneficiary’s relationship with the deceased, including whether they are a nominee, a relative or a dependant of the deceased, or another person who was likely to succeed to any of the estate of the deceased

Given the continuing restrictions, photographs or scans of documents can be used as evidence.

What happens next

As soon as reasonably practicable the employer will pass the application to the Scottish Ministers for determination.  Employers should send applications to: SCSDivision@gov.scot.

Background information

You can read the detailed rules for the death in service benefit scheme at the Scottish Public Pensions Agency website.

First published: 30 Jul 2020 Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 -