Health and Social Care workers in NI to receive £500 recognition payment

CILNI welcomes Health Minister, Robin Swan’s announcement that social care workers are to get a “special recognition” payment of £500 for their work during the pandemic.  He has described carers as “among the greatest unsung heroes” of the pandemic.

The minister added that he recognised the payment may pose challenges for some of the lower-paid workers, in terms of potentially having an adverse impact on their social security payments.

“So this afternoon I have written to the ministers of finance and communities asking them to urgently consider the issue and to engage with the tax and benefit authorities in GB to request that these payments are excluded from consideration in this regard,” he said.

CILNI will be working with the Department of Health on the roll-out of the payment and will provide updates when we know more.