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£735 COVID bonus for Welsh care home staff

Care workers in Wales are to receive a one-off COVID bonus payment of £735, which after deductions will equate to £500.

It is estimated the payment will benefit 221,945 people in Wales including 103,600 social care staff, 90,000 NHS Wales staff, 2,345 deployed students and 26,000 primary care staff (including pharmacy, GP, dental and optometry staff).

The Welsh Government is working with local authorities and with trade unions to finalise details of the scheme.

The bonus is further to the £500 special payment for care home and domiciliary care workers announced in May 2020 to recognise their work through the first wave of the pandemic. 

The bonus, which comes as England’s nurses were offered a 1 per cent pay rise, has been welcomed by workers’ union GMB.

Mike Payne, GMB senior organiser said: “It’s clear that this Welsh Labour government has put its money where its mouth is. 

“They’ve shown Health & Social care staff that they’re valued, which is something that the Tories in Westminster could learn from.”  

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