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01 December 2020 16:38

The first minister yesterday announced a one-off “no strings attached” bonus for doctors,

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The "thank you" payment to health workers will cost the Scottish government about £180 million NHS staff and carers must pay tax on Nicola Sturgeon's £500 "thank you" bonus to 300,000 frontline health workers in Scotland for the role they have played in fighting the pandemic. Treasury officials rejected a plea from Ms Sturgeon for the bonus to be paid in full and pointed out that her SNP administration had received more than £8.2 billion of extra funding to cope with the virus and could scrap the tax take "it if wishes" because the relevant powers are devolved to Holyrood. The Fraser of Allander Institute, an economic think tank, has estimated that "around £1 billion" of UK government pandemic funding had not yet been spent in Scotland. The first minister yesterday announced a one-off "no strings attached" bonus for doctors,

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