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Welsh government extends £500 carer bonus to care home ancillary staff

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A £500 one-off payment by the Welsh Government to all care home and domiciliary care has been extended to ancillary staff in residential homes.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced yesterday that the bonus would be extended to all ancillary staff who play an active role in supporting the provision of care in residential homes.

The Minister said: “Care homes operate as large households and a wide range of staff have developed valued relationships with residents and have contributed to their care and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic – kitchen and domestic staff, for example have helped out during this crisis, providing vital support and friendship for residents when relatives have been unable to visit. Activity co-ordinators have continued to engage and occupy residents in entertaining and meaningful activities. Nursing staff employed by the care home will also be included.”

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The payment includes those working in care homes for older adults, younger adults and children as well as the secure accommodation service for children and those residential special schools registered as care homes with Care Inspectorate Wales.

Domiciliary care workers and personal assistants, who are providing care to the most vulnerable people in Wales, are also included in the scheme.

The bonus, which is in recognition of social care staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, will be a one-off flat rate payment for those in eligible jobs between 15 March and 31 May and is the same irrespective of the number of hours they worked.

Mr Drakeford said the government was working with local authorities, Care Forum Wales and trade unions to get the payments delivered “as quickly as possible”, adding that not all payments would be made on the same day owning to the diverse nature of the social care workforce.

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31 Comments

  1. So can you tell me if its true that if you took holidays, sick or self isolated between 15th may and 31st may that you will not get the payment, if it is funny how it’s the end of the financial year and most people got holidays to take plus being booked before this 🤔

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Yes unfortunately the guidance states you must have been at work for at least some of the time period 15 March-31 May.

      1. I had 4 days off in April which was booked last October I have worked the rest of it, so does that mean I won’t be entitled to it? Thank you for replying

        1. When will Care homes be informed when to pay their staff the bonus as the one I work for said they have not been informed about when it should get paid but on the goverment site it says care homes has got until October to pay it

    2. Hi I worked in a care home from Oct 2018 I ended my employment there on the 24th of may 2020 so I worked one week short of all the time period 15th March to 31st may I worked over 300 hours in this time period but my old emplyee says ime not entitled to £500 government bonus as I left before the 31st of may is this correct please thankyou

  2. Hi there, I was sick from 9th January to 2and May, while still being paid full wage. Will I be entitled to the bonus?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Gemma,
      The guidance states you must have been at work for at least some of the time period 15 March-31 May.

  3. Hi can u tell me is it up to our employer to claim or apply for the £500 to be paid to us employees, or will it be paid automatically, as the company I work for are not clarifying this when staff are asking them, we seem to be in the dark regards helen Challinor

    1. Hi Rima,

      As long as you worked some of the time period between 15 March-31 May you are eligible for the bonus.

  4. Hi I’m a manager in a home but worked Hands on some shifts around 20th march until I had a shielding letter from the government. would I be entitled to this payment?
    Marianne

  5. Hi Lee
    I’m a manager in a dom care house I worked hands on approx 7 -14 hours up until 25th march until I had a shielding letter from the government. will I be entitled to the payment, and would it be our employer who notifies the government who is eligible or who has worked?
    Thanks
    Marianne

    1. Hi Marianne,

      As long as you worked some of the period 15 March-31 May you are eligible for the payment. You should have been identified as being eligible so you will receive payment. The payment is however being delayed due to a dispute between the Wales and English governments over whether it should be taxed. We will keep people informed on any change to the situation.

  6. Hi I worked in a care home from Oct 2018 I ended my employment there on the 24th of may 2020 so I worked one week short of all the time period 15th March to 31st may I worked over 300 hours in this time period but my old emplyee says ime not entitled to £500 government bonus as I left before the 31st of may is this correct please thankyou

  7. I changed jobs in June but worked in the care sector from March 2nd until end of June, if my last employer doesn’t send me an application to claim the £500 can I claim it myself and if I can how?

  8. Hi, is there a deadline for this? my wife works in a care home had the form emailed to her but she has been off ill for a few weeks so nit checked emails and has been informed by admin of care home they needed the form back the day after sending it thus meaning she now cant have it ?? is there a deadline for this ??

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