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People who are on a low income and have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace since September 28 may qualify for a support payment of £500.

People are required by law to self-isolate when contacted by NHS Test and Trace and fines for those breaking self-isolation rules start at £1,000. With people required to self-isolate, there is a new support payment of £500 for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result.

To be eligible for the funding, people must meet the following criteria:

  • have tested positive for Covid-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
  • have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority
  • be employed or self-employed
  • be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants) and will lose income a result
  • be currently receiving Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Pension credit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit.

To apply for funding when self-isolating, visit your local council’s website.

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