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Care Homes: Life Insurance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will extend the life assurance scheme to care workers in privately funded care homes.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government has launched a life assurance scheme for frontline National Health Service and social care staff. The scheme is non-contributory and pays a £60,000 lump sum where staff who had been recently working where personal care is provided to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 die as a result of the virus.

Care workers are eligible, providing that their work requires them to be present in frontline settings where COVID-19 is present. Employees of all care homes registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are eligible, regardless of how they are funded.

Any social care staff working in non-CQC registered settings are also eligible, if their employer receives public funding.

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