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The Scottish Government has launched the Social Care Staff Support Fund to protect care workers during the pandemic.
The fund aims to ensure that social care workers do not experience financial hardship if they fall ill or have to self-isolate due to coronavirus.
It enables care workers who meet the criteria to receive their normal pay, which includes contractual pay, regular overtime and sleepovers.
Previously, care staff only received sick pay if they were ill or self-isolating due to the virus.
Click here to read the guidance on the Social Care Staff Support Fund.
Unison Scotland, which campaigned for the fund, has welcomed the new guidance.
Deborah Clarke, Unison Scotland’s head of community, said: “No longer will social care workers need to choose between looking after their families or going to work and putting their colleagues and the people they support at risk. A choice they should never have had to make. This announcement finally solves a significant public health issue which began at the beginning of lock down and has taken months to resolve.
“This is a victory for UNISON. This only happened because UNISON and social care workers themselves have campaigned for change. It reminds us again that decent working conditions saves lives. And it is vital that all workers have a voice and can lobby together for important changes. I am grateful to all the care workers in Scotland who have spoken out.”
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