Death in Service

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will extend the life assurance scheme to care workers.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Unfortunately this pandemic has taken the lives of many of our wonderful care staff. Care England wants to acknowledge the Government for making this scheme available to all care workers. This is a tangible way in which they have shown that they see health and social care as to interdependent systems, and they recognise the value of all health and care staff in whatever place they work”.

Launched in April, the life assurance scheme was initially for health workers in the NHS and independent sector. As of yesterday, it has been extended to NHS support staff and social care workers. The scheme recognises the increased risk faced by staff during the crisis and covers corona virus related deaths of workers in frontline health and social care roles during the outbreak. A payment of £60,000 will be made to the estate of the eligible individuals who die from coronavirus contracted during their frontline essential work. More information is available here

Martin Green continues:
“Care England welcomes the fact that CQC registered providers are eligible regardless of whether they are publicly funded or not”.


Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
3) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email
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