Relatives of health and care workers ‘missing out on pandemic death payouts’

Millions of pounds of compensation promised by ministers to relatives of frontline health and social care workers who died during the pandemic may remain unclaimed, according to a union.

Unison said fewer than 800 families across England have received a £60,000 payout from the Government’s life assurance scheme.

Official figures show more than 2,000 deaths involving Covid occurred among health and care staff including porters, nurses and care home employees, the union reported.

Unison said many families could be eligible for payments but have yet to apply despite a deadline of the end of the month for making an application.

The union’s head of social care, Gavin Edwards (pictured), said: “Health and social care workers paid the heaviest price for simply doing their jobs during the pandemic.

“Their families deserve the financial help available but it may be that many are still to apply. It’s vital they come forward to claim the compensation to which they’re entitled.

“Ministers could have done much more to alert families to the existence of the fund and invite them to apply.

“Some households may be facing financial hardship because death has meant a drop in income on top of the loss of a loved one. No one should miss out, particularly when so many people are struggling to make ends meet.”

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