We support people historically infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV from NHS blood or blood products. We also help families, civil or long-term partners after the death of someone infected.
What we provide
We provide information on:
- who can join the scheme and claim financial support, and how to join
- how members can apply for grants or speak to organisations that offer support
- how our payments affect your tax and benefits.
From November 2017, we took over the schemes run by:
- Eileen Trust
- MacFarlane Trust
- MFET Ltd
- Skipton Fund
- Caxton Foundation
Qualifying for help
The scheme provides support to:
- infected people
- immediate family where the infected person has died
People infected by hepatitis C and/or HIV and their families
This includes people who were chronically infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV as a result of treatment with NHS blood, blood products or tissue prior to September 1991 in England or an overseas British Military Hospital.
People who received infection from someone in the above group are also included if they are, or were:
- the spouse or civil partner of the person
- living with the person as partners in a long-term relationship
- the child of an infected mother
Widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary
The scheme provides support to widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary.
Estates of people who died before joining the scheme
If you manage the estate of an infected person who died, you can contact us.
Joining the Scheme
If you registered with any of the previous UK support schemes, we will already have your details providing you have given consent to transfer your data to us.
If you haven't already done this, you should do it as soon as possible by getting in touch with the charity you registered with.
If you haven’t given consent, you will not receive your payments.
People infected by hepatitis C and/or HIV
Special Category Mechanism
You may qualify for regular payments equivalent to those payable at Stage 2 if you:
- are a successful stage 1 applicant
- can prove complications with your hepatitis C infection/treatment qualify you for greater payment
Widows, widowers or partners
If a beneficiary has died, please contact us to let us know.
Our guidance document provides more on the support the scheme offers to:
- civil/long-term partners of members who have now died
Support for widows, widowers or civil partners will be available soon.
Following a death, if you think you should receive payment, use this form.
Member support grants and payments
We have application forms for payments and grants for existing members.
Support and assistance grants
Members of the scheme can apply for support and assistance grants, including:
- income top-up support
- one-off grants
Application form for income top-up and one-off grantsGuidance on support and assistance grants will be available soon.
Other organisations that provide support include:
For financial and benefit advice, there are other organisations, including:
For advice on training and guidance, the National Careers Service offers information and support on this.
Change your details
Scheme members can use the form to tell us of a change of:
- name, address or bank details
- contact preferences
- to authorise another person to speak to us on their behalf
Tax and benefits
As long as you live in the UK, payments you receive from the scheme do not affect:
- your income tax bill
- any entitlement to means-tested benefits
The scheme has a clear process to allow any applicant to appeal a decision they are unhappy with.
We explain how the appeals process works.
Guidance on appealing will be available soon.
If you have any queries, you can contact us:
Telephone: 0300 330 1294
You can write to us at:
80 London Road
If you want more information about the new scheme, you can visit the Government website.