Healthcare workers in Scotland will receive £500 this Christmas as a thank you for their work during the pandemic. The first minister Nicola Sturgeon said that there are “no strings attached” to this money and urged Boris Johnson and the Treasury to make this payment tax-free.
Part-time workers will receive a “proportionate share” of the payment by the end of the year.
Additionally, the Scottish government announced a £100 million fund for people struggling during the pandemic, which will include a “£100 cash grant to every family with children in receipt of free school meals to be paid before Christmas.”
She also made a gesture to the European Union that Scotland is still not thrilled with Brexit. “Scotland wants to return. And we hope to do so soon, as an independent member state.”