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New payment for low earners who are self-isolating


People are now required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

The government has introduced a support scheme for people in work on low incomes to help them to self-isolate, which will be available until 31 January 2021.

Residents may be able to claim a £500 lump sum payment if they cannot work from home and are required to self-isolate. This payment aims to help make up for any lost income people may face due to having to stay at home.

To be eligible for the support payment, all of the following must apply - the applicant must:

  • Have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace because of positive coronavirus test or recent close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Be employed or self-employed
  • Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;
  • Be receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit

PRESS HERE for the full Media Release from Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council.