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27 August 2020

DHSC announces new payment for people self-isolating and unable to work in highest risk areas

Summary

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announces a new payment scheme for people on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high rates of COVID-19. They will benefit from the new payment scheme from 1 September 2020. A trial will begin in Blackburn and Darwen, Pendle and Oldham to ensure the scheme works. Eligible individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will receive £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation. Other members of their household, who have to self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to a payment of £182. Non-household contacts who are advised to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace will also be entitled to a payment of up to £182, tailored to the individual length of their isolation period. The scheme will be available to people currently receiving either Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit. Payments will be received within 48 hours of the individual providing the necessary evidence, including a notification from NHS Test and Trace and a bank statement.

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Gov.uk press release