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Infected Blood Government announcement 20 August 2021

Update regarding bereaved partner payments

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.

We are currently working on making administrative system changes that are needed to make bereaved partner payments.

Introducing bereaved partner’s payments is technically complex and will take time to introduce, as this type of payment has not previously existed within EIBSS.

These payments will be introduced before the end of the 2021 calendar year and will replace the current means-tested Income Top-up process.

If we require further information to calculate the bereaved partner payments that may be due, we will contact those beneficiaries directly. We are unable to confirm specific amounts that will be received at this stage. We will contact all beneficiaries who are entitled to the payment as soon as possible, to confirm payment amounts and dates.