Clarification on tax implications of interest earned on the investment of payments and action required

Since 1988, successive governments have set up various schemes to provide financial support to individuals infected with Hepatitis C, HIV or both through NHS treatment with contaminated blood products. The longstanding position has been that such ex gratia payments should be exempt from tax.

Following the introduction of new schemes, legislation was introduced in 2017 to ensure that periodical payments to beneficiaries from those schemes were exempt from income tax, in the same way as periodical payments from existing schemes.

The exemption only extends to the periodical payments or annuities in respect of the damages. Any return from investing those sums is not exempted. Once any money received from compensation is invested any interest received on that investment will be taxable in the normal way and should be declared in tax returns and self-assessments. Independent financial advice should be sought as previously advertised.

 

Infected Blood Inquiry

The planned publication of the Infected Blood Inquiry Final Report has been delayed until March 2024.  The full statement is available online.

Publication of the Inquiry Report news story

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 2024-2025.  This rate will be applicable from 1st April 2024.  To see the revised rates, please click here. 

 

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