Overview of Responses
The table sets out responses to the consultation in full and the written responses are also summarised below. More detailed analysis of each question and feedback received is provided in the next chapter.
|Consultation Questions:||Yes||No||Total Responses|
|1. Do you agree with proposals to modify the duty on Health Boards to make the payment of compensation related to self-isolation for COVID-19-19 discretionary?||11||3||14|
|2. Do you agree that the Scottish Government should be able to vary the expiry date of these provisions?||11||3||14|
|3. Do you agree that these are the most appropriate considerations for the Scottish Government to take into account when considering extending or bringing forward the expiry date for these provisions?||13||1||14|
Overall, responses to the consultation were in favour of the proposed changes, with 78.5% of respondents (n = 11) agreeing with the proposal to extend the effects of the modification of the duty on Health Boards to make the payment of compensation related to self-isolation for COVID-19.
78.5% of respondents (n = 11) were also in favour of the Scottish Government having the ability to vary the expiry date of these provisions - with 92.8% of respondents (n = 13) agreeing that these factors are the most appropriate consideration for the Scottish Government to take into account when considering extending or bringing forward the expiry date for these provisions.
The feedback also highlighted some concerns for respondents. The importance of the Scottish Government providing financial support to individuals who were isolating was highlighted by some respondents, along with the need to prioritise health and social care support for families struggling due to the self-isolation rules. Whilst levels of support, whether financial or practical, are outwith the scope of the proposed Bill this feedback has been noted by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Women's Convention outlined they felt there was a need for more information and support with applying for the financial help that people are entitled to. A small number of Local Authorities responded to the consultation, outlining the additional pressures providing support during the pandemic has placed on them, including dealing with significant numbers of calls and applications during periods of high demand. In their view, suitable funding must be in place to allow authorities to maintain sufficient capacity to resource this function, alongside their everyday business.
We have published the full responses received on the Scottish Government website where the respondents have given permission for us to do so.
The responses and feedback provided to the consultation will help inform the development of the Regulations to amend the Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-isolation) Bill.
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