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NHS: Conditions of Employment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 42176, tabled on 1 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the £60,000 guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during the covid-19 outbreak will be paid in addition to the death in service benefit for members of the NHS pension scheme.

Answered on

13 May 2020

The Government is in the process of setting up a life assurance scheme for frontline health and social care staff in England who contract COVID-19 during the course of their work.

The life assurance scheme is non-contributory and pays a £60,000 lump sum where staff die as a result of COVID-19 and had been recently working in frontline roles and locations where personal care is provided to individuals who have recently contracted COVID-19.

The NHS Pension Scheme provides death in service cover of two times annual pay to active members who are yet to retire, to support a member’s partner and dependents, should they die before claiming their retirement benefits. Membership of the NHS Pension Scheme is voluntary and around 90% of National Health Service staff are active scheme members.

The lump sum from the life assurance scheme will be paid in addition to any death benefit entitlement from the NHS Pension Scheme.