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

Published: 30 Jul 2020
Last updated: 8 Jul 2021 - see all updates

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

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

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 working in a social care setting in the course of their employment, including self-employed 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, or
  • 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

Contact

Email: SocialCareDiS@gov.scot

First published: 30 Jul 2020 Last updated: 8 Jul 2021 -