Families of cleaners, porters, health-care assistants and those in other low-paid, non-medical jobs helped by public outrage – but it is not yet clear whether they will also receive ‘death in service’ payout
The government has been forced into a screeching u-turn on a plan not to guarantee UK residence to the families of immigrants working in the NHS as cleaners, healthcare assistants, porters and in other low-paid, non-medical roles if they are killed by the coronavirus. The plan put migrant families at risk of deportation if their loved one died working to help others afflicted by the virus.
Minister Oliver Dowden, challenged on the policy during this evening’s press briefing, said the policy was under review and the government has now announced its u-turn.
Families of NHS and social care workers killed by the virus will now be granted indefinite leave to remain – but the government has not yet confirmed whether they will also receive the £60,000 death grant that will be awarded to front-line nurses, doctors, radiologists and others who die.
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