Scottish Tories Maths Coordinator seems to want Scottish victims of blood infection to receive less money

See this parliamentary question and answer:

Annie Wells (Glasgow) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether it will bring payments under the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme in line with those in England, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter. (S5W-23071)

Joe FitzPatrick: Overall funding for infected blood support in Scotland remains proportionately higher than in England on a population basis and our support is based on recommendations agreed with Scottish stakeholders through both the Financial Review Group in 2015 and the Clinical Review on the impacts of chronic hepatitis c in 2018.

Funding for the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme (SIBSS) was also significantly increased in December 2018 in response to the recommendations made by the Clinical Review.

While payments for some groups may appear to be higher for those on the English Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS), in some areas SIBSS payments remain higher and so we would not wish to consider parity with the English scheme if that means that some SIBSS beneficiaries lose out financially.

For example, those SIBSS beneficiaries with chronic hepatitis c have all received an additional £30,000 lump sum payment, with those with chronic hepatitis c and also HIV having received an additional £50,000 lump sum. Neither EIBSS beneficiaries nor those on the Welsh or Northern Irish schemes have received these payments. In addition, widows, widowers or partners of those who have died who are registered with EIBSS are only entitled to means tested payments if they are on a low income, whereas widows, widowers and partners registered with SIBSS receive higher levels of payments which are not means tested. They receive the full amount of annual payment their spouse or partner would have been receiving if they were alive for the first twelve months after their death and, from then on, 75% of what they would have been receiving. The Scottish Government will keep payments in Scotland under review at this stage and plans to meet Ministers from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Welsh Government and officials from the Northern Irish administration to discuss what may be possible to achieve greater parity across the UK in the longer term.

https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190529.pdf

To be fair, it is quite difficult (for a Tory MSP) to understand.

5 thoughts on “Scottish Tories Maths Coordinator seems to want Scottish victims of blood infection to receive less money

  1. bigjon999 May 31, 2019 / 7:15 am

    Either Annie is unaware that the Scottish scheme is massively more generous than the English equivalent or else she knows but is trying to blag her way through an essnpeee bad question. Either way its not a good angle to take.

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  2. bigjon999 May 31, 2019 / 7:15 am

    Either Annie is unaware that the Scottish scheme is massively more generous than the English equivalent or else she knows but is trying to blag her way through an essnpeee bad question. Either way its not a good angle to take.

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  3. Alasdair Macdonald May 31, 2019 / 9:32 am

    She might, of course, really be wanting payments in Scotland to be less, since anyone in receipt of benefits is, by definition a ‘scrounger’ (or other derogatory term) and the Tory argument is to reduce payments because the produce a ‘dependency culture’.

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  4. Clydebuilt June 2, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Awe the wee Mouse give her a sweetie. To be honest I don’t think she can do Arithmetic never mind Maths.

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