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NHS and social care workers to get free staff car parking during coronavirus outbreak

NHS and social care workers to get free staff car parking during coronavirus outbreak

NHS and social care staff will get free car parking when working at hospitals for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

NHS trusts are responsible for setting car parking charges but the Government says it's committed to providing the financial backing so they can abolish parking charges for NHS and social care staff.

The Government also says that some hospitals may require additional car parking capacity and that under new measures, critical key workers will be able to use council parking bays without time restriction or charge.

The changes will apply to all on-street parking and open, council-run car parks including pay and display, and will see charges suspended for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers. The way that people provide evidence for their jobs will be decided by individual councils.

The National Car Parks group also confirmed yesterday that it will provide free parking for NHS staff at all 150 of its car parks in England.

For info on train refunds, free school meals, energy top-ups and more, see our Coronavirus Life-in-Lockdown guide.