Welsh Government announces second COVID bonus for care staff

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Social care staff in Wales are to receive a second bonus in recognition of their extraordinary contribution during the coronavirus pandemic.

The one-off payment of £735 for NHS and social care staff, which will amount to £500 after deductions are made, follows a £500 award to care workers in May 2020.

Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething said: “Over the last year, Wales’ NHS staff and social care staff have shown a remarkable amount of commitment and courage from the initial outbreak of the pandemic right through to the current second wave.

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“They will have suffered the impacts of the pandemic on their physical and mental health wellbeing in both their personal and professional lives.

“This payment expresses our gratitude to our NHS and social care workforce for their extraordinary contribution in keeping Wales safe.

“The Welsh Government is working with local authorities and with trade unions to finalise details of the scheme.

“The bonus is further to the £500 special payment for care home and domiciliary care workers announced in May 2020 to recognise their work through the first wave of the pandemic. This bonus will be made to a wider group of social care workers including local authority social services staff.”


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