Members had brought the issue of if workers with long covid can access the Sociadl Care Support Fund during our Covid-19 surgery. We received the response below from the Scottish Government.
To clarify the position on long covid, and the maximum time period workers can receive support from the Fund. Provided that all the eligibility criteria have been met, the Fund can be accessed for a period of absence of up to four weeks after a diagnosis of coronavirus. If after four weeks the staff member is experiencing long term effects of coronavirus, known as ‘long covid’ and is unable to return to work, employers can apply to furlough the staff member for the remainder of the absence period. Providers can be directed to the following link for more details on the furlough scheme: Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)