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£500 Government Incentive


Does anyone have any information on the £500 that was promised to all social care staff. Personal Assistants didn’t receive anything and there was supposed to be an alternative arrangement made for them but I haven’t heard what that is or when it will be paid?


The last I’ve read is that money will make it’s way to councils by the end of March, and then in turn find it’s way to service users through the Direct Payment to be paid through the payroll as soon as possible after that. There hasn’t been any guidance about how much PAs will be due pro-rata based on their normal or contracted hours either, but hopefully this will come out at the same time.

@michaelpillans might have something on this, any update?


By the way, welcome to the forum! :raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed:

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I’m so glad someone has asked this… I asked for clarification from social work this week and also SDS aberdeen and was told I don’t need to do anything at present

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Thanks. I hope this is the case. Throughout this pandemic personal assistants have been the last thought on anybody’s mind, I understand all local authority staff have already received payment in February.

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SDSS have a meeting with Scot Gov this week for an update, so I hope to be able to report back soon :smile:


I’m not sure if this is the plan as councils don’t have all the information they need about PAs, but I’ll be able to confirm more next week.


Hi, just wanted to reassure everyone that we’re still working with Scottish Government to finalise the payment process. I appreciate everyone’s patience and I hope to provide more details soon. Thanks :slight_smile:

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Hi there. Just wondering if there are any updates I can pass on to my son’s carers regarding their payment?

Many thanks

SDSS is still working with payroll providers and the Scottish Government on this. We hope to provide an update in the next week or so.

The Scottish Government has provided an update on the Personal Assistant ¶ bonus.

It clarifies that staff employed in registered adult social care or children’s residential care services, who have been employed for a minimum of a continuous four week period between 17 March and 30 November 2020, will be eligible for the payment, including those who have since left or retired.

More: Scottish Government bonus for Personal Assistants (PAs) - progress update - Self Directed Support Scotland | Self Directed Support Scotland

Hi, when you say “it clarifies” does this mean previous guidance was wrong? Based on your criteria, this doesn’t cover personal assistants as they will not be classed as working in “registered” services?

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