Wefan Gymraeg

Give NHS and care workers a 'Covid Service Reward'

We want to give health and social care workers an extra £29 a day to reward the heroic efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Callum James Littlemore, Apr 19, 2020 10:04

Six medics in discussion.

We have called for the Welsh Government to introduce a 'Covid Service Reward' of £29 a day for frontline health and social care workers who're working during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This additional allowance is aimed at relieving financial pressure on those working hard to defeat Covid-19 and also boost morale amongst staff by recognising that thousands are going above and beyond on a daily basis.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

"Our brave health and social care staff are working tirelessly, and putting their lives on the line, to keep us all safe and well during this pandemic. We need to recognise their heroic service and ensure everyone who is doing so gets our full support.

"That's why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for the creation of a Covid service reward, similar to the deployment allowance our frontline servicemen and women receive. This would see every NHS and Social Care worker who is working on the frontline during Covid-19 receieve an additional £29 a day from the Welsh Government.

"Just as we reward the hard work and service of our Armed Forces, so too should we reward the heroic efforts being made by our health and social care workers. This additional allowance would help relieve financial pressures and recognise their selfless dedication.

"I hope the Welsh Government will support this proposal and, by doing so, show that we truly recognise and stand with everyone working to defeat Covid-19."

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