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Compensation scheme off to a slow start

July 27, 2020 1:10 PM
Earlier in the Spring Layla Moran the Liberal Democrat MP was one of the leaders of a campaign that saw the Government agree to pay compensation to the families of NHS and social care workers who died after contracting coronavirus at work
Layla has subsequently found that of the 540 health and social care workers who have died in England and Wales as of 8 July ( one of the highest totals in the world) just 51 claims had been received and only 19 families of have so far been approved for the £60,000 compensation payment None have been rejected, with 32 still under consideration.
Layla said

"It is concerning that so few families of NHS and care workers who tragically died on the frontline against coronavirus have so far benefited from this scheme."

"The government must ensure more is done to promote awareness of this scheme to eligible families.

"No amount of money could ever compensate for any loss of life. But we must honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and provide security and comfort for their families."

Moran, said on Sunday the compensation scheme should be widened to include the families of other key workers.

"I would also like to see this scheme extended to all key workers who have been on the frontline against this pandemic, including those working in transport," she said. "All of these essential workers have put their lives at risk to protect others, and they should be reassured that if the worst happens the state will step in to help their loved ones."

In April, Hancock said the government was looking at other groups of key workers who do not have a life assurance scheme in place.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "Information on the scheme has been shared with NHS and social care employers who are responsible for informing their employees. If employers become aware of a death where there may be eligibility for a claim, they are asked to contact the next of kin."