Welcome to The Skipton Fund
The Skipton Fund is a UK-wide ex gratia payment scheme to make payments to certain people who were infected with hepatitis C through treatment with NHS blood or blood products prior to September 1991 and other persons eligible for payment in accordance with the scheme's provisions.
The History of the Skipton Fund
The Skipton Fund was established on 25 March 2004 by the Department of Health (England), acting for and on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, the Scottish Ministers, the National Assembly for Wales and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) (together "the UK health administrations"), to administer the scheme and make payments to relevant claimants on behalf of each of the UK health administrations.
Scottish Ministers have adopted the Skipton Fund as a scheme under section 28 (Infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment etc) of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005.
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HCV Contaminated Blood Scoping Exercise in Scotland Thursday 5th June 2014
On behalf of the Scottish Government Health and Wellbeing Directorates, the Scottish Infected Blood Forum have been commissioned to manage a scoping exercise into the support needs of those infected or affected with hepatitis C through NHS treatment. Please note that the survey is restricted to infected and affected persons in Scotland. Those patients and families who were infected/affected by hepatitis C via a different route than NHS blood or blood products are outwith the scope of this particular exercise and should not complete the scoping survey.
Although the focus of this exercise is on hepatitis C, it also addresses the effects of co-infection since there is a significant proportion of people who have faced additional challenges due to infected blood treatments.
A PDF containing further information and a copy of the survey can be downloaded and printed via the following link: http://sibf.ninedesignstudio.co.uk/index.html This link also provides address details for anybody who would like to request a copy of the survey through the post.
Alternatively the survey can be completed online via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HepC-Scoping-Exercise
Skipton Fund Regular Payments Thursday 3rd April 2014
The Skipton Fund regular payment for living recipients of the Stage 2 lump sum has been increased by 2.7% in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The annual payment is now to the value of £14,574 and will be paid in monthly installments of £1,214.50 or quarterly installments of £3,643.50.
The Caxton Foundation is a new charity established by the UK Government to provide financial assistance to individuals who have received one or more ex gratia payments from the Skipton Fund and are not also eligible to apply for discretionary support through the Macfarlane or Eileen Trusts. The Foundation is funded by the Department of Health and is available to all across the United Kingdom who are eligible. If you would like to register with the Caxton Foundation then please follow this link.
Skipton Fund Information Monday 8th April 2013
'Top-up' payment of £25,000 to those who have received the Stage 2 payment when it was £25,000, or their estates if the recipient is deceased.
The majority of 'top-up' payments to those who are eligible have now been made. If you have received the Stage 2 payment of £25,000 and not yet applied for the 'top-up' £25,000 then please contact the Skipton Fund at your earliest convenience and we will arrange for a claim form to be sent to you. If you have applied for the payment and 28 days has passed without you receiving it then please contact the Skipton Fund and we will look into why this might be the case.
Applications on behalf of the estates of people who were infected by NHS supplied blood and blood products and died before 29 August 2003
The registration date for claims emanating from England has now passed; if you believe that the estate would have qualified but missed the registration date then please contact the Skipton Fund to discuss this. The estates of people who were infected in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are still able to register for a payment by contacting the Skipton Fund and requesting a registration form.