COVID-19 Information and Resources

You can use your Direct Payments for purchasing COVID-19 related expenses, for example Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) but check first that your Local Authority (council) isn’t providing it for free.

Next steps

A series of FAQs with the latest information have been published on Social Work Scotland’s website here: The accompanying guidance for LAs/HSCPs can be found in Resources below.

ACAS have frequently updated guidance available for employers and employees, which you can find here:

The Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) have recently recorded a podcast (ALLIANCE Live) which goes over key information relevant to PA employers. The full recording, including a transcript, can be found here:

In Control have all produced an informative video for those receiving a Direct Payment to employ staff:

Skills for Care have also produced an FAQ document for PA employers, this is England specific but does include lots of useful information that is still applicable, you can find the document in Resources below.

PA employers should also contact their employment law provider if they have any queries.

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Last Updated
20 June 2022
First Published
28 March 2022
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