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‘A dedicated online and paper based application form, administered by Scotland Excel on behalf of the Scottish Government, will be launched on Wednesday 30 June 2021 to pay Personal Assistants who are eligible to receive their £500 payment for NHS and Social Care staff.

 The Scottish Government has worked with disabled led organisations and payroll providers to find the quickest way to reach Personal Assistants.

 The Scottish Government recognises the unique place that Personal Assistants and Personal Assistant Employers hold within social care and we encourage all eligible Personal Assistants to claim for this payment in recognition of their invaluable work throughout the pandemic.

Resource launched to help disabled people employ their own support staff

Self Directed Support Scotland has launched an update of the Personal Assistant (PA) Employer Handbook, first published by the Scottish Government in 2014. We are delighted to have contributed to this excellent resource. Personal Assistants can also source some useful information within the handbook.

With thousands of PA employers across the country, and with tens of thousands of people accessing Self-directed Support (SDS), it’s important that both current and potential employers under Option 1 of SDS have access to consistent and good-quality information at all stages of their employer journey.

Being a PA employer allows someone using SDS to exercise the maximum amount of choice and control over the support they need. It enables them to choose the people that support them, at a time that is right and in a way that works well for them. Becoming a PA Employer also involves responsibility, sometimes requiring further information and support.

The Fair Work in Social Care Group is working to establish a basic understanding of effective voice within the voluntary, third and independent sectors. The definition of effective voice is the ability of employees to express their views, opinions, concerns and suggestions, and for these to influence decisions at work.

The task of the Social Care Group is to recommend a minimum set of standards for effective voice for those working in social care, in line with the principles of Fair Work.

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