Social care workers in Scotland are to receive a one-off £500 bonus as a thank you for their service during the coronavirus pandemic.
A pro-rated payment of £500, which will be funded from the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 support package, will be made as soon as is practicable to all social care workers employed since 17 March 2020 – including staff who have had to shield, or who have since retired.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Back in the spring, at the height of the first wave of COVID, many of us publicly – and often loudly – showed our appreciation for the work our NHS and social care staff were doing.
“The applause was important, but it was never enough. Our appreciation must be shown in a more tangible way.”
Part time workers will get a proportionate share.
The First Minister added: “The money will be paid in this financial year and it will be separate from any negotiations about pay for the longer term. There are no strings attached.
“Of course, a payment like this can never come close to expressing our full admiration for those who have cared for us so heroically. But to our health and care workers, it is a demonstration of what we collectively owe you – and a heartfelt thank you for the sacrifices you have made.”