Use the model letter below to your employer and get as many of your colleagues as you can to sign. Remember to join a union and let us know how you get on.

Dear [employer]

As I am sure you are aware, last week the government announced a £600m Infection Control Fund for care homes. The fund for care homes comes with the following guidance: “The infection control fund is intended to help providers pay for additional staff and /or maintain the normal wages of staff who, in order to reduce the spread of infection need to reduce the number of establishments in which they work, reduce the number of hours they work, or self-isolate.” (Paragraph 2.3, Care Homes Support Package, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-care-homes/coronavirus-covid-19-care-home-support-package).

I am writing to seek your confirmation that you will access these funds and use them to pay normal wages to those of your staff whose work has been affected in this way.

[You might like to add points about your personal circumstances here.}

Thank you

[Your name]