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


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


Stage 3 - Final changes and vote

MSPs can propose further “amendments” (changes) to the Bill. MSPs decide on each of these. Finally, they debate and vote on whether to pass the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 09 February 2022

Amendments at Stage 3

There were no amendments proposed before the final debate on the bill.

Final version of the Bill

There is no Bill as Passed for the Bill as no amendments were agreed at Stage 3. The Coronavirus (Discretionary Compensation for Self-isolation) (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2 is the final print of the Bill.

Final debate on the Bill

Once MSPs have debated and decided on the amendments, they debate whether to pass the Bill.

9 February 2022


Final vote on the Bill

After the debate, MSPs vote on whether to pass the Bill.

9 February 2022

Motion ref. S6M-03080

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

Submitted by: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, February 7, 2022

Supported by: George Adam
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Result 122 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote Vote Passed

The Bill was passed on 09 February 2022