Support for nurses during COVID-19

We know that our nurses are worried about having to self-isolate or becoming ill as a result of COVID-19, or even being out of work to care for loved ones who have contracted COVID-19 and the financial impact this will have. We have put some information together to help you identify what support is available to you during this time.

Nurses in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Statutory sick pay (SSP) to be paid from day one of isolation

Emergency legislation has been introduced to allow workers in full-time employment to seek SSP from the first day they’re self-isolating and cannot work, directly as a result of COVID-19. Read more here.

Employment and Support Allowance
Anyone not eligible to receive sick pay, including those earning less than an average of £118 per week, some of those working in the gig economy, or self-employed people, is able to claim Universal Credit and or contributory Employment and Support Allowance. Read more here.

Mortgage holiday for homeowners affected by Covid-19
The government announced that individuals who were financially affected by COVID-19 can apply to their mortgage lender for a mortgage holiday. Read more here.

Payment Holidays for Help to Buy homeowners affected by Covid-19
Homeowners who are struggling to pay interest fees on their Help to Buy equity loans will be offered payment holidays. Read more here.

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters
Emergency legislation has been introduced to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation. Landlords will also be protected as 3 month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages. Read more here.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust – UK only
Financial and emotional support is available to nursing professionals in the UK, both working and retired, from our friends at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Sadly, their telephone service isn’t available at the moment but you can still complete a financial support application online or email admin@cavellnursestrust.org if you’d rather speak to someone. If you notice that a colleague is feeling the strain, emotionally or financially, please tell them about the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, they are here to help.

Find out if there are other options available to you by visiting the government website here.

Nurses in the Republic of Ireland

Pandemic Unemployment Payment
• You can apply for this if you are aged 18-66
• You can apply if you are working part time due to your hours being cut
• This benefit can be paid for up to 6 weeks

Read more here.

Illness Benefit
• You can apply for this if you have COVID-19 and have been told to self-isolate by your GP
• You must be covered by appropriate class of social insurance (PRSI)
• You can apply for this immediately and not have to wait for the usual 6 days
• Call 1890 800024 for further advice

Read more here.

If you have been unable to seek financial support through any of the above means and you work for the Scottish Nursing Guild, please complete a financial support application here and we will come back to you.

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