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Social Care Workers Fund

Supporting social care workers where they have been shielding

The Social Care Staff Support Fund

The Scottish Government announced on 24 December 2020 a new fund to support social care workers who have been shielding in the period March to October 2020 and were not placed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The fund will enable employers to claim additional wages for social care workers amounting to the difference between 80% of their expected income and the actual wages they received.

Any social care employer with a UK administered payroll including charities and businesses can make a claim under this fund.

The fund is being managed by Inspiring Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and opened for claims on 11 January 2021 and will close for claims on 24 February 2021.

Who can Claim

Any social care employer with a UK administered payroll including charities and businesses can make a claim under this fund.

The Fund has been established for a group of workers who, due to the nature of their work or work environment, have been advised to shield themselves or are unable to carry out his or her duties due to the risk of contracting coronavirus.  Its purpose is to ensure that social care workers do not experience financial hardship.

Workers in the following categories are eligible:

  • support service
  • care home service
  • offender accommodation service
  • housing support services

More detail is available in the Guidance Notes. 

How to apply

Applications are open from 11 January 2021 until 24 February 2021.

The online application form can be found here.

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes detailing eligibility criteria and for further information.

You will also need to download the online claim calculator.

For any further questions please contact socialcarefundenquiries@inspiringscotland.org.uk   

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