Over the weekend the Scottish Government released details of a proposal to make a goodwill interim payment to some people affected by the contaminated blood disaster.
One of the findings of the Contaminated Blood Scottish Financial Support Review Group Consultation was that some people are in serious financial need and that there was strong support for making an interim payment.
In direct response to these findings, Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing, and Sport has written to UK Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP. In the letter she has suggested that the four nations work together to increase the winter fuel payments made by the discretionary bodies (The Caxton Foundation, MFT, and Eileen Trust) to £1,000 this year. The way these bodies are set up means that all the nations would have to agree for it to go ahead. Whether the payments can be made will depend on decisions made in the rest of the UK.
We have welcomed the fact that the Scottish Government has taken the initiative on this issue and has made a practical suggestion to get money into the pockets of people who desperately need it while the Financial Support Review is completed. You can read more details in the Scottish Government press release.