£500 payment for Personal Assistants

A dedicated online and paper based application form, administered by Scotland Excel on behalf of the Scottish Government, was launched on Wednesday 30 June 2021 to pay Personal Assistants who are eligible to receive their £500 payment for NHS and Social Care staff.

The Scottish Government has worked with disabled led organisations and payroll providers to find the quickest way to reach Personal Assistants.

The Scottish Government recognises the unique place that Personal Assistants and Personal Assistant Employers hold within social care and is encouraging all eligible Personal Assistants to claim for this payment in recognition of their invaluable work throughout the pandemic.

Full guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-workforce-gbp500-payment-guidance-for-personal-assistants.

The application process will be supported with a helpline provided by Self-directed Support Scotland (SDSS): 0800 841 1321 and a link to the online portal can be found here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/500PoundApplicationsForPAs/