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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
Eligibility

Eligibility

A person is eligible:

  • if they are directly paid by the social care support recipient or the person who is acting for a social care support recipient,  who receives funds to pay Personal Assistants from Independent Living Fund Scotland  or from a local authority or Health and Social Care Partnership through Option 1 Social Care (Self Directed Support) Act 2013

and

  • if they worked over a continuous 4-week period between 17 March 2020 and 30 November 2020 -  this is the qualifying period

and

  • if they are a Personal Assistant for an adult, aged 16 years and over

Eligible individuals include those who:

  • work full-time or part-time
  • are subject to a permanent or temporary contract
  • are subject to a zero hours or flexible employment contract
  • work as a member of the shared lives scheme, managed by the Shared Lives Scheme, providing services to the supported person. Separate guidance has been provided for these carers and they will be paid by their Shared lives scheme. They should not apply here.

Under this guidance, it is only those support packages, which are already enabled by a local authority in Scotland or by the Independent Living Fund Scotland, which are eligible for the £500 payment to their staff.


Contact

Email: PA500@gov.scot

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