Support for care workers who are required to stay off work due to actual or suspected COVID-19 or because they have to self-isolate
About the scheme
The Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme supports care workers who only get statutory sick pay (SSP) when absent or are not eligible for SSP.
It provides funding to allow employers to pay eligible workers at full pay if they can’t work due to COVID-19.
This removes the financial disadvantage to care workers of staying away from work. This will help to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
The scheme runs from 1 November 2020 until 31 March 2021.
Eligibility for the scheme depends on:
- your role
- types of employment
- reasons for absence
- what sick pay you get
Full details of the scheme can be found on Welsh Government’s website:
How to claim
We will be administering the scheme on behalf of Welsh Government for those staff who provide social care in Neath Port Talbot. If you are a social care worker and believe you are eligible, please contact your employer in the first instance.
Social care providers
All eligible care providers will be contacted directly by us to explain how you can access the scheme for your staff and how payment will be made.
If you are a social care provider and have not received any information from us about the scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-isolation support scheme
Care workers may also be eligible for the Self-isolation support scheme if they are getting benefits.
This scheme provides a £500 payment to people who:
- are asked to self-isolate because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or
- have been identified as a close contact by the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service
Final arrangements are being made for the scheme to go live. It is the individual’s responsibility to only apply and claim for either the self-isolation payment or the SSP enhancement scheme.