Social care staff working in care homes, care at home, and housing support, including personal assistants should be paid their expected income when ill of self-isolating as a result of COVID-19.
Employers should pay eligible staff their expected income. Employers can claim any additional costs they incur through the Fund from the relevant commissioning Local authority or Integration Authority. Information about the Fund, including the groups of social care workers who are eligible and the Fund criteria is available here.
The Fund is aimed at social care workers who may be expected to self-isolate on more than one occasion due to the nature their work, or the work environment – for example, carrying out personal care. The purpose of the fund is to support infection prevention control and prevent financial hardship.
The Fund became operational on 24 June, backdated to 23 March.