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10th June 2022

Scheme to provide financial support to families of NHS and social care who lost loved ones is extended

The families of frontline social and NHS staff who lost loved ones during the pandemic still have time to apply to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.

The scheme provides financial protection to the families of frontline social care and NHS staff who died from COVID-19 infections contracted in the course of their duties.

The Scheme closed on 31 March 2022. Claimants have until 31 March 2023 to submit claims for deaths that occurred while the Scheme was open.

Deaths which occurred before the announcement of the Scheme will also be considered.

What is the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme?

It was introduced to recognise the increased risk faced by staff during the pandemic and covers coronavirus-related deaths of workers in frontline health and social care roles during the outbreak.

The scheme pays a tax-free £60,000 lump sum where individuals worked in high risk settings where direct care was provided to residents and patients.

The Government wants to make sure the families and dependents of colleagues, who died in service before the end of March 2022, get the opportunity to make a claim.

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