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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 2 - Changes to detail

MSPs can propose changes (“amendments”) to the Bill. The amendments are considered and decided on by a committee.

The Bill ended Stage 2 on 27 January 2022


The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.

Meeting on amendments

Documents with the amendments to be considered at the meeting held on 27 January. 

Minutes of proceedings

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Meeting on 27 January 2022

Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2

Work by other committees following Stage 2

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting, 1 February 2022

Report, 4 February 2022