Scotland’s NHS and care workers given £500 for their ‘extraordinary service’ during the pandemic

Those who work part-time will get a proportional payment. 

Matt Bodell
30 November 2020
Nicola Sturgeon

Health and social care workers will get the payment with “no strings attached”.

Scotland’s First Minister has today announced that all full-time NHS and social care workers are to receive a £500 one-off payment as a thank you for their “extraordinary service” during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement during her keynote speech at the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) annual conference.

To be eligible for the payment, NHS staff should have been employed by an NHS hospital, GP surgery, dentist or pharmacy since 17 March 2020 – including those who have now left, retired, or student nurses employed on temporary contracts.

Care home staff, homecare staff, palliative care/hospice staff, adult Personal Assistants, social care staff in residential child care settings, and social workers will also be included in the deal.

In the announcement, Ms. Stugeon said; “So I can announce today that, on behalf of us all, the Scottish Government will give every full-time NHS and adult social care worker £500 as a one-off thank you payment for their extraordinary service in this toughest of years.”


“The money will be paid in this financial year and it will be separate from any negotiations about pay for the longer term. There are no strings attached.”

“Of course, a payment like this can never come close to expressing our full admiration for those who have cared for us so heroically.

“But to our health and care workers, it is a demonstration of what we collectively owe you – and a heartfelt thank you for the sacrifices you have made.

Those who work part-time will get a proportional payment.


Ms. Stugeon said that the SNP does not “have the power to make this payment tax free” and urgent PM Boris Johnson to implement this.

No such arrangement has yet to be announced for England, Wales, or Nothern Ireland.

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