CORONAVIRUS: UNISON Pressure Secures Sick Pay and Death in Service Benefit for Care Staff

thumbnail of JF to SC and COSLA – SSP and DIS – 23 May 2020Following the deal for NHS staff, trade union pressure has secured a similar deal for Social Care staff.
Death in Service – recognising that it is important that such an arrangement is in place for those whose contracted pension arrangements do not offer death in service cover, Scottish Government has agreed a one-off payment of £60,000 to a named survivor.
It is also agreed that for SSP an enhancement is paid to staff through the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act, 2008 on the understanding that this is the most efficient and timely way of the money reaching affected care workers.
There is clearly further detailed work to be carried out on both of these areas over the course of next week. This includes ensuring that there is an equitable approach taken by all health and social care partnerships.