September 2020 – Payments to Self-Isolate
People with coronavirus and their contacts are to be paid to self-isolate from 1 September 2020 for those in receipt of universal credit or working tax credit.
The Department of Health has announced that people on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme starting on Tuesday 1 September.
Starting with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham to ensure the process works, eligible individuals who test positive with the virus 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 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.
To be eligible, individuals must
Be employed or self-employed, and currently in receipt of universal credit or working tax credit
Have tested positive for COVID-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
Have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to their local authority
Be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants) and will lose income a result
The self-isolation payment will not reduce any other benefits that the person receives.
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.