The UK Government has today (17/08/22) announced interim payments of £100,000 for infected beneficiaries and bereaved partners currently registered with the Infected Blood Support Schemes.

WIBSS has no further information regarding the details at the moment, but as soon as these are known we will issue letters to all our beneficiaries and will make the payments as soon as we are able to do so.

Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme – WIBSS

Established in October 2017, the Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme (WIBSS) aims to provide support to people who have been infected with Hepatitis C and/or HIV as a result of NHS treatment with blood, blood products or tissue in Wales.

WIBSS has taken over from the UK previous schemes (Eileen Trust, Macfarlane Trust, MFET Ltd, Skipton Fund and Caxton Foundation) and aims to provide both a streamlined financial payment service, a Welfare Advice Service and a Psychology and Well-being service for Welsh beneficiaries and their families.

Welsh Government provide Directions and Regulations that WIBSS follow, all Directions and Regulation amendments can be found here.

Welsh Government has notified WIBSS of the revised rates for 2022-2023.  This rate will be applicable from 1st April 2022.  To see the revised rates, please click here. 

The Minister for Health remains committed to addressing the remaining disparities across the schemes.  She has therefore, agreed to the introduction of the Winter Fuel Payment (currently £544) to those on our scheme that are bereaved spouses/partners.  This payment will be made before the end of this financial year (31st March 2022).  In future years it will be paid in the October.

 

Please click the link to access the current Customer Satisfaction Survey Report for WIBSS.

 

INFECTED BLOOD COMPENSATION STUDY PROCESS STATEMENT

IBCS Next Steps Process Statement

 

Update on Financial Parity

On 25 March, the government announced changes to the Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme (WIBSS). The changes announced remove some of the differences between the Infected Blood Support Schemes across the UK.

WIBSS Parity Update 19th AUGUST 2021

Having received the Revised Directions from Welsh Government, which came into force on Monday 16th August, WIBSS have now implemented the revised rates announced in the Parity Agreement of 25th March.  This includes backdated payments which should be in your bank account by Monday 23rd August.  If you have not received it by close of play on Monday, please let us know.

Please find a link to the revised Directions here – The Wales Infected Blood Support Scheme (Amendment) Directions 2021 | GOV.WALES

 

COVID-19

The WIBSS service provision may be impacted by Coronavirus.  We will obviously strive to ensure regular payments continue to be paid to you; provision of advice and support is still available; and any disruption is kept to a minimum.  Please bear with us during these exceptional circumstances.

During the current pandemic we are complying with the Welsh Government guidance and a number of our staff are working from home. If your call is not answered immediately, please leave a message with your name and a contact number and we will get back to you promptly.

You can also contact the WIBSS Manager Mary Swiffen-Walker on 07970 601561 during office hours.

For advice and guidance on the virus, please click on the links below –

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES

https://www.bhiva.org/SARS-CoV-2-vaccine-advice-for-adults-living-with-HIV-plain-english-version

https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/update-for-people-with-liver-disease-on-the-covid-19-vaccine/

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/