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.

Arrangements for 2017/18

In July 2016 it was announced that a new single scheme administrator would be introduced to replace the existing organisations which provide support to people with HIV and Hepatitis C, including the Skipton Fund.  The process for appointing the new administrator was due to start in November 2016 but this has been delayed. 

The Department of Health has now advised us that we will continue to provide support to people from 1 April 2017 onwards until there is a new administrator in place.

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Update on Scheme Reform – Northern Ireland Friday 20th January 2017

On 22 December 2016, the Health Minister in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, announced scheme reform on the same level as announced for England.  More information can be found at https://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news/michelle-oneill-announces-improved-financial-support-people-affected-by-contaminated-blood  The Alliance House organisations, including the Skipton Fund will now be writing to those infected in Northern Ireland, and bereaved spouses and partners, regarding the new payments that have been announced.

 

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If you believe you qualify for a Skipton Fund payment, you may register online now.

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Frequently Asked Questions
A: To qualify for a Skipton Fund payment you must have been infected with Hepatitis C as a result of treatment from NHS blood or blood products prior to September 1991.