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Scotland to provide £500 ‘thank you’ bonus to all NHS social care workers

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Scotland has announced it will be providing care workers with a £500 ‘thank you’ for their collective sacrifice during the pandemic.

Making the announcement today, Nicola Sturgeon said that the one-off payment would be made to every full-time NHS worker as well as social care staff.

The announcement, made at the SNP conference, formed part of a wider effort to support healthcare workers after a difficult year with Scotland’s NHS trusts and hospitals at breaking point during the pandemic.

Insisting there would be “no strings attached”, the payments will be made tax-free to Scottish workers.

Pay for NHS staff is also set to be increased with efforts being made to hammer out an agreement on funding for salary rises.

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