On 25 March, the government announced changes to the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS). The changes announced remove some of the differences between the Infected Blood Support Schemes across the UK.
The England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) have now completed all of the necessary preparation and checks, to enable us to make the following payments on 27 July 2021, for beneficiaries where we have all of the payment information:
- A lump sum payment of £30,000 paid to current hepatitis C stage 1 and Special Category Mechanism (SCM) existing scheme beneficiaries.
- A lump sum payment up to £80,500 maximum, paid to current HIV existing scheme beneficiaries. The lump sum amount will vary based on the amount a beneficiary has already received.
- A lump sum bereavement payment of £10,000 will be paid to existing scheme beneficiaries who are now entitled to this payment based upon the criteria change, where hepatitis C or HIV did not contribute to the death.
There are independent services available which can offer advice on managing money and finances at: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/financial-and-support-services