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Self-isolation payment scheme receives criticism

The Government has implemented from 1st September 2020 a new payment for people on low incomes who need to self-isolate in areas with high rates of COVID-19. Please see government guidance here.

The scheme will first start as a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle, and Oldham.

The payments equate to:

  • £130 if an individual has tested positive for coronavirus and has to self-isolate for 10 days (from the point they first developed symptoms)
  • £182 if a member of an individual’s household has tested positive for coronavirus and they are asked to self-isolate for 14 days (from the point the member of their household first developed symptoms)
  • £13 per day (up to a maximum of £182) if an individual is identified as a non-household contact of another person who has tested positive for coronavirus and is asked to self-isolate up until 14 days after they were most recently in contact with the person who tested positive

Payments will be provided within 48 hours of the eligible individual providing the necessary evidence. Individuals will be asked to provide a notification from NHS Test and Trace and a bank statement.

However, there are a number of eligibility requirements which have received criticism, these are:

  • having tested positive for COVID-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
  • having agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority
  • be employed or self-employed:
  • employed people will be asked to show proof of employment
  • self-employed will be required to show evidence of trading income and that their business delivers services which the local authority reasonably judges they are unable to carry out without social contact
  • be unable to work from home and will lose income a result
  • be currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit