What will happen to my ILF Scotland Award during Covid-19?

ILF Scotland will continue to pay your full award just now and will keep this under review.

I don’t want my PAs coming in to support me because of COVID-19. What should I do?

 ILF Scotland will continue to pay your full award so you can, if you wish, continue pay your PA their wages. We can, if required, backdate this arrangement to 1st March 2020 until 30th September 2020.

Can I ask my PA to help me in different ways?

Yes, you can ask your PA to, for example, do you shopping for you and leave it at your door or collect prescription medication for you.

I need to pay other things to help me through this time but can’t afford this if I keep paying my PAs. Can I get help from ILF Scotland?

You can use your ILF Scotland award, contingency / unspent monies that you have to pay for alternative support at this time. This might include taxi fares to take you to essential healthcare appointments or supermarket food delivery charges, for example.

Should I apply to the HMRC scheme to pay for 80% of my PAs wages?

You can if you wish but recent UK Government guidance suggests that this scheme may be applicable to PAs on a limited basis. Please see the following guidance here. If you do successfully claim 80% of your PAs wages, you should return these funds to ILF Scotland.

ILF Scotland advised me previously to pay my PA 80% of their wages. Why are you changing this now?

Recent UK Government guidance suggests that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may be available to PAs on a limited basis. Please see guidance here.  We wish, therefore, to offer the best support. In light of this, we now have agreement with our sponsor team to continue to pay ILF awards in full.

ILF Scotland advised me previously that I would not have to continue to pay the care agency that provides my support because it would qualify for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Why are you telling me something different now?

Recent UK Government guidance suggests that organisations that use public funding to pay staff wages, and where this funding continues, would not normally need to access the job retention scheme. We will, therefore, continue to pay ILF awards in full as a further safeguard for you. Most care providers will not be furloughing their staff because they will be asking them to provide services elsewhere. You can, therefore, continue to pay your care provider in full, if you wish to do so.

My PA wishes to self-isolate because of their own health / family home issues and to protect me. Can I still pay them?

Yes, you can still pay them if you wish. Your ILF Scotland award will continue to allow you to do this.

My PA has a diagnosis of / is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. What should I pay them? Should they get statutory sick pay?

You can still pay your PA their full wages using your ILF Scotland award along with any Available Income contribution that you make. However, if your PA wishes to claim / has already claimed statutory sick pay (SSP), that option is open.

My PA is self-employed, what should they do?

You can continue to pay your PA i.e. in full, if you wish subject to satisfactory evidence that HMRC recognises the existing self-employment status of the PA.

Alternatively, your PA may be able to claim a grant through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

I am the award manager for an ILF recipient who has been admitted to hospital due to suspected COVID 19. Will ILF Scotland cancel my award?  

Normally, we would suspend the award after 28 days if someone remains in hospital but in the current situation, we can maintain the award for a longer period. Please just keep us advised.

Does my PA have Key Worker Status?  

Yes. ILF Scotland has created a PA identification letter to confirm that PAs are key workers and should be able to access priority shopping, pharmacy or childcare so that our recipients continue to receive the support they need. Please download here.

I need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for my PA. How do I get this?

There is an initiative underway to increase supplies through NHS and Health & Social Care Partnerships in each Local Authority area but if you don’t have access to this yet, your PA needs this equipment and you can source this from elsewhere, ILF Scotland can fund this. The government has issued advice about PPE here.

Should I continue to pay the full invoice to my care agency, whose staff provide my support, if they reduce or cancel my service?

You can if you wish to. ILF Scotland will continue to pay your award to enable you to do this.

My care agency can still provide the service but I am self-isolating so don’t want the carers coming in. Do I need to pay them?

You don’t need to pay them if you have a reason for not wishing to. However, your ILF Scotland award will continue to enable you to do this if you wish.

My PA is isolating but I still need support. Can I get this? How do I pay for this? Do I still pay my PAs wages?

We will continue to pay your ILF Scotland award in full to allow you to continue to pay your PA wages if you wish to do this. If you need to purchase replacement support, you can do so from another PA or support provider and fund this from contingency / unspent monies. If you do not have enough funds available, ILF Scotland can consider funding the additional costs for a temporary period in additions to your ILF Scotland award.

Can I employ a friend or family member as a temporary PA?

ILF Scotland will consider this on a temporary basis. You must place the new person recruited on payroll to comply with HMRC. ILF Scotland expects recipients to pay PAs the Scottish Living Wage rate of £9.30 from 1 April 2020.

The person I want to act as my PA lives in the same house as me. Is this okay?

If this is the only option available to you, then ILF Scotland will consider meeting the cost of this on a temporary arrangement. One of our assessors will need to call you to discuss this including any alternative options. If ILF Scotland agrees, you must place the new person recruited to provide the temporary support on payroll to comply with HMRC. ILF Scotland expects recipients to pay PAs the Scottish Living Wage rate of £9.30 from 1 April 2020.

My partner acts as my award manager. My care provider cannot come in but I still need support. I would like my partner to replace the support my PA normally provides. Will ILF Scotland fund this? He is also the award manager.

Award managers cannot normally act as your PA. If you wish this person to act as your PA on a temporary basis, you should arrange for another family member or other suitable person to act as award manager on a temporary basis. If you are unable to do this, you should contact us to discuss and we will help you with this. Your partner would need to go onto payroll to comply with HMRC.

My Local Authority / Health & Social Care Partnership pays for some of my care and support.

If you receive funding / part funding from the Local Authority or Health and Social Care Partnership, you should contact their local number to discuss alternative care and support arrangements.

What if I am not spending my ILF Scotland award and the amount of money in my account is building up?

Don’t worry about this. You can return any funds to us whenever you wish. Otherwise, our assessors will calculate any amounts your will need to return to us as part of your next ILF Scotland review.