Infected blood: financial support for the bereaved

Health Minister Robin Swann has urged those bereaved by NHS tainted blood to apply for financial support.

Last year, the Minister of Health announced that bereaved people would receive annual payments at 75% of the rate their deceased spouse/partner received (or was entitled to receive), with effect backdated to April 2020.

Following a subsequent UK-wide Ministerial agreement, this financial support was extended to provide 100% of the infection rate for the first year, followed by 75% in subsequent years, with backdated effect to April 2019 for existing bereaved beneficiaries and any new applications submitted before March 31, 2022.

The payments, which are tax-free and increase each year depending on the cost of living, range from just over £14,000 to almost £34,000 a year, depending on the diagnosis of their deceased spouse or partner.

Minister Swann said: “Over the past few months, we have been able to make significant progress in provide better financial support to people infected and/or affected by tainted blood.

“I am aware however that there may still be people who have not come forward to get the support they need and deserve in recognition of the devastating impact this has had on their lives.”

Newly bereaved beneficiaries have until March 31, 2022 to apply for the NI scheme in order to receive assistance retroactive to April 2019 for those who are eligible.

Anyone bereaved of infected blood who presents after the April 1, 2022 deadline will still be able to apply, but payments will be applicable from the beginning of the fiscal year in which the application is made or from the date of death. , whichever is most recent, and will not be backdated to 2019.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Following an agreement with my UK counterparts last year, bereaved spouses and partners are now eligible to apply for increased financial assistance and I urge those who are not already beneficiaries of the NI scheme to contact the scheme as soon as possible. eligible to receive payment.

“I remain committed to ensuring those affected by NHS tainted blood continue to receive the support they need and, in addition to the ongoing review, my department is ready to respond to any recommendations from the infected blood investigation, when he issues his final report.”

The Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland can be contacted at:

Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland, Business Services Organisation, Finance Directorate, 2nd Floor, 2 Franklin Street, Belfast, BT2 8DQ.

E-mail: [email protected] or phone: 028 9536 3817

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