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Wales publishes details of COVID bonus payments

Social care Wales has published the details of the COVID bonus payments for NHS and social care staff.

The guidance for the COVID bonus payment states:

  • Local authorities will issue claim forms to social care employers who will pass these on to staff
  • Payment is a one-off payment of £735 for eligible full time or part time staff and will be made through your pay, subject to deductions  
  • To qualify, you must have worked for a minimum period of nine days/shifts between 1 June 2020 and 28 February 2021. This does not have to be on consecutive days or for the same social care employer. This minimum period is the same for full time, part time, agency staff or staff on ‘zero hours’ contracts.
  • You must be a member of the paid workforce. Volunteers, unpaid carers, students, unpaid interns and those paid allowances rather than a salary are not included in this scheme.  
  • People who were employed in an eligible job role between 1 June 2020 and 28 February 2021 but were absent for the whole period because you were shielding, on long term sickness absence, on maternity leave, shared parental leave or adoption leave – also qualify for payment.
  • If you are in a different health or social care job now, than you were during the period 1 June 2020 to 28 February 2021, you should claim the payment through your current employer. 
  • If you worked for the NHS during the period, but now work in social care, you should claim through your current employer. Your current employer may need to make checks to verify your previous employment.
  • If you are no longer employed in health or social care, you should claim from your most recent health or social care employer.  
  • If you have two or more jobs in social care, you should complete the claim form for the employer for whom you do the most hours.  
  • Eligibility for the payment does not depend on where you live, it depends on your employment. If you live in England but work in an eligible job role in Wales you will receive the payment.    
  • The payment is to frontline staff only.

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