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 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
Submit your views
The Committee wants to hear your views on the following questions:
- Do you agree with the general purpose of the Bill?
- Are there any other issues related to the Bill proposals that you think the Committee should be aware of?
The call for views closed on 10 December 2021.
The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.
Letter from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, Scottish Government to the Convener, 5 January 2022
Letter from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for COVID Recovery, Scottish Government to the Convener on 23 December 2021
The lead committee published its report on 13 January 2022.
MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.