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28 Sep 2020

Funding Social service workforce

Social care staff support fund

Funding now extended until 30 June 2022.

Did you know social service employers can claim additional costs you’ve incurred if your staff have not been able to work due to COVID-19?

Social care staff working in care homes, care at home, and housing support, including personal assistants should be paid their expected income when ill or self-isolating as a result of COVID-19.

Employers should pay eligible staff their expected income. You can then claim any additional costs you’ve incurred from the relevant commissioning local authority or integration authority through the fund.

The fund is aimed at social care workers who may be expected to self-isolate on more than one occasion due to the nature their work or work environment, for example, carrying out personal care. The purpose of the fund is to support infection prevention control and prevent financial hardship. The fund became operational on 24 June 2020 and is backdated to 23 March 2020.

You can find information about the fund, including the groups of social care workers who are eligible, the criteria and how employers can apply for reimbursement on the Scottish Government social care staff support fund guidance page here

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council