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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Department of Health consultation - Infected blood: reform of financial and other support Friday 29th January 2016
The Government has announced a 12 week consultation on proposals to reform the infected blood payment schemes. The proposals potentially affect anybody who has received a Skipton Fund stage 1 payment and people who are currently receiving stage 2 regular payments, and those who might qualify for either payment in the future, so we would encourage you to consider the document and respond with your views, whether you support the proposed changes or oppose them. It is an open consultation and is not limited to people who have received a payment from the Skipton Fund.
The consultation can be found at:
If you would like a printed copy of the consultation document, please telephone 0300 123 1002
The consultation will run for 12 weeks, from 21 January 2016 to midnight on 15 April 2016.
Skipton Fund Regular Payments Wednesday 8th April 2015
The Skipton Fund regular payment for living recipients of the Stage 2 lump sum payment has been increased by 1.2% in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The annual payment for the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 will be £14,749 and will be paid in 11 monthly instalments of £1,229 and 1 of £1,230 or 4 quarterly instalments of £3,687.25.
The Penrose Inquiry Wednesday 8th April 2015
A Scottish Public Inquiry into hepatitis C/HIV acquired infection from NHS treatment with blood and blood products in Scotland. For further information, and to read the Final Report, please visit the Penrose Inquiry website.
Hepatitis C Virus Contaminated Blood Scoping Exercise in Scotland Wednesday 8th April 2015
On behalf of the Scottish Government Health and Wellbeing Directorates, the Scottish Infected Blood Forum were 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 was 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 were outwith the scope of this particular exercise.
Although the focus of this exercise was on hepatitis C, it also addressed 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 final report can be downloaded and printed via the following link: http://sibf.ninedesignstudio.co.uk/index.html.
The Caxton Foundation Monday 8th April 2013
The Caxton Foundation is a charitable trust 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.