20/06/2022

Social Care PA Payment Portal Open For Applications

The Department of Health has called on social care Personal Assistants who worked during the pandemic to apply for a special recognition payment.

The Department also confirmed that those in the independent sector whose employers have ceased trading can now also apply.

The online portal which enables personal assistants to apply for the recognition payment will remain open until 31 July 2022. In addition, a new online portal is now also available for individuals employed in the Independent Sector (Care Homes, Domiciliary Care and Supported Living Schemes) between 17 March 2020 and 31 January 2021 whose employer is no longer in operation and who missed out on previous phases of the scheme.
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Applying online is the easiest and most efficient way for eligible groups to receive the payment. A paper based application form is also available for those who prefer and a dedicated helpline is also in place to support applicants.

As with recognition payments to other health and social care workers, Personal Assistants and other eligible individuals will receive a pro rata payment of up to a maximum of £500, depending on the number of hours they work in an average week.

£58.9m has been paid out to 83,000 statutory employees in the HSC. In addition, a total of over £16.6m has been distributed under Phase 1 of the scheme to independent sector care home and domiciliary care providers covering  28,470 individuals. Under Phase 2, over £4.2m has been paid out to 9,857 individuals. This phase is delivering the SRP to the remaining cohorts of staff previously approved including Personal Assistants and the remaining categories of independent sector staff.

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