The Prime Minister has announced a £500 support payment for people on lower incomes who could face a loss of earnings if they are required to self-isolate.
The one-off Test and Trace Support payment will be available from September 28 for those who can’t work because they have tested positive or been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
Making the announcement, Boris Johnson said: “While most people are doing their absolute level best to comply with the rules, I don’t want to see a situation where people don’t feel they are financially able to self-isolate.
“That’s why we’re also introducing a new £500 Test and Trace Support payment for those on low incomes who are required by NHS Test and Trace to remain at home to help stop the spread of the virus.”
Public Health England said that just under 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment.
The system for claims will be established by local authorities and these are expected to be in place by 12 October.
Those who start to self-isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments once the scheme is set up in their local authority.
Those eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment must live in England and meet all of the following criteria:
- you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
- you are employed or self-employed
- you cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
- you are claiming at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit