The Prime Minister has announced that the UK Government will increase the financial support for those infected and affected by the infected blood scandal, ahead of the start of public hearings on 30 April 2019.
Regular annual payments for some of those infected will increase from £46 million to £75 million. Bereaved spouses and partners could also be eligible for further financial support through means-tested discretionary top-up payments.
Infected blood support schemes were established in 2017, following the publication of the Penrose Inquiry in 2015. Country-specific schemes were set up in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The new funding arrangements also recognise the disparities that have existed across the schemes.
In January, Health Minister Jackie Doyle Price and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington, met with the Infected Blood Inquiry team and 12 infected and affected representatives to discuss the need for improved financial support and the desire for equal support across the four UK nations.
Source: Public Health England (PHE), 30 April 2019