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.