Claims process announced for death in service benefits scheme

Claims process announced for death in service benefits scheme

May 21, 2020

Full details of the Government’s life assurance scheme for frontline healthcare workers have now been released. The scheme will make a payment of £60,000 to the estate of eligible individuals who die from COVID-19 contracted during their frontline essential work.

The newly released information states the scheme will remain open until the relevant NHS workforce provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 expire and that deaths which occurred before the announcement of the scheme will be considered. It also confirms that the scheme is non-contributory, which means there is no cost to staff or employers. Separate guidance for employers outlines their particular responsibilities regarding the scheme, such as making employees aware of it.

The Secretary of State’s letter of 7th May 2020 to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) details that it is the Secretary of State’s intention to exercise his discretion to include relevant members of the pharmacy workforce that meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria. The letter should be referenced in any claim. In order to make a payment, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that on the basis of evidence the individual was exposed to a high risk of contracting coronavirus in circumstances where they could not reasonably avoid that risk by the nature and location of the work they carried out.

Full scheme details for both claimants and employers can be found on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website.

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