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20 September 2020

Government announces £500 payment to support people who lose income as a result of self-isolating

Summary

From 28 September 2020, people will be required by law to self-isolate when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace. People on lower incomes who cannot work from home and lose income as a result of self-isolating will be supported by a payment of £500. To be eligible for this payment, the following criteria must be met:

  • being asked by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate
  • being employed or self-employed, not being able to work from home and losing income as a result of self-isolation, and
  • claiming at least one of the following benefits – Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

Local authorities are setting up the self-isolation support schemes, which should be in place by 12 October, but eligible people can receive payments backdated from 28 September.

Source(s)

Gov.uk press release

Gov.uk guidance – Test and Trace Support Payment scheme