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Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-isolation) (Scotland) Bill

Overview

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, health boards were required to compensate people who they asked to self-isolate due to an infectious disease. This was required by the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 changed this. The 2020 Act let health boards decide whether people who are self-isolating because of COVID-19 received compensation under the 2008 Act. The relevant provision of the 2020 Act will expire in March 2022.

This Bill would change the law so that health boards will still have the option to provide compensation. However, they will not be obliged to do so, to anyone they ask to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

The law will apply until 31 October 2022. The Bill allows for the Scottish Government to reduce or extend that period if required.

The Bill was passed on 09 February 2022 and became an Act on 23 March 2022


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 20 January 2022

The lead committee for this Bill is the COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Find out more about this committee

Submit your views

The Committee wants to hear your views on the following questions:

  1. Do you agree with the general purpose of the Bill?
  2. Are there any other issues related to the Bill proposals that you think the Committee should be aware of?

You can read the questions and responses to the consultation on Citizen Space.

The call for views closed on 10 December 2021.

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

MSPs met with people in committee meetings to discuss what the Bill will do.

Minutes of 2 December 2021
Minutes of 16 December 2021
Minutes of 13 January 2022 (private) 

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Meeting on 2 December 2021
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Meeting on 16 December 2021
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Self Isolation Changes

Letter from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, Scottish Government to the Convener, 5 January 2022

Self Isolation Exemptions

Letter from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, Scottish Government to the Convener on 23 December 2021

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting, 23 November 2021

Meeting, 14 December 2021

Report, 14 December 2021

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of Financial Memorandum

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Minutes of 20 January 2022

Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue