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UNISON & CPAG information guide on £500 ‘bonus’ payment for health and social care workers

UNISON Scotland has launched a guide for health and social care members who have concerns over how the £500 one-off payment may affect their benefits or tax credits.

You can view the guide here

The Scottish Government announced the £500 ‘bonus’ payment in November as a thank you to health and social care staff in recognition of their contribution during the pandemic.

The guide, which has been produced in conjunction with the Child Poverty Action Group, outlines the interaction between the bonus and the benefits system to enable members to make an informed choice.

Kate Ramsden, branch co-chair said: “Low pay across social care and the NHS is still a massive issue and many members rely on benefits and tax credits to make ends meet.

“There has been a lot of misinformation around the £500 payment and many of our members rightly had concerns over how this might affect their income.

“By publishing this guide, UNISON is able to provide members with the clarity they need in order to claim the one-off payment in the most cost-effective way for them.”