Wales extends £500 extra payment to all care workers

The Welsh government has extended its £500 one-off payment to all care workers, including kitchen and domestic staff.

The extra payment will also be extended to agency staff and nursing staff employed in care homes, as well as personal assistants and domiciliary care workers providing care to people in their own homes.

All eligible social care staff who worked between 15 March and 31 May will receive the £500 extra payment.

Arrangements are being put in place to start making the extra payment to tens of thousands of social care staff across Wales.

First Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) said the Welsh government is continuing to work with the UK government and HMRC to try to ensure that “every penny of the payment reaches people’s pockets”.

“This payment recognises the tremendous dedication of the tens of thousands of social care workers throughout Wales who are caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities,” he added.

“It is right that this payment is awarded to - those who play a role in looking after care home residents. As well as the important work social care staff are doing in people’s homes and care homes, we know that domestic and kitchen staff are working beyond their normal roles, providing care and friendship to residents during this pandemic.”

Last month, Drakeford announced the £500 payment would go to every “care home and domiciliary care worker providing care in Wales”.