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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - social care workforce £500 payment: guidance for personal assistants

Published: 29 Jun 2021
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for the Personal Assistant (PA) of a supported person, who is within adult social care, about the one-off pro rata payment for lifesavers and caregivers on the frontline throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - social care workforce £500 payment: guidance for personal assistants
About this payment

About this payment

On 30 November 2020 the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a one-off pro rata payment for Scotland’s lifesavers and caregivers on the frontline throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scottish Ministers have issued information on the payment as questions and answers.

About this guidance

The guidance is for Personal Assistants who have been paid by a supported person (“the employer”) who pays for the service either directly or through a payroll organisation.

The process for eligible Personal Assistants to apply for and receive the payment is being administered by Scotland Excel and Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Personal Assistants who meet the eligibility criteria must apply to a national portal managed by Scotland Excel to receive the payment. They will be asked to complete an online form which asks them to confirm details of their employment during the qualifying period. Read further details about eligibility.

Those Personal Assistants who are currently in receipt of benefits, are advised to contact an independent advisor to find out how the payment might affect their benefits.


Contact

Email: PA500@gov.scot

First published: 29 Jun 2021 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -