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Key workers left out of new bereavement scheme

The Times has reported that the Home Office has left NHS care workers and cleaners out of a bereavement scheme that will support the families of workers who have died of COVID-19. Under the scheme, the families and dependents of migrant NHS workers killed by the virus will be offered indefinite leave to remain in the UK. However, the Government have said this only applies to certain occupations including nurses, radiographers and biochemists. Care workers, hospital cleaners or porters were not included.

A Home Office spokesman said “alongside automatic visa extensions for health professions, we have also announced immediate indefinite leave-to-remain for the families of those who sadly pass away, which includes nurses, social workers and therapists working in adult social care.”