15th October 2020
As the situation changes, we endeavour to bring you the latest information to support our candidates and colleagues through the Coronavirus pandemic. The government has recently announced a new package of support schemes for individuals whose income is affected by COVID related restrictions. The Test And Trace Payment Program is just one of a number of government initiatives and it’s designed specifically to support individuals who have to self-isolate and therefore potentially miss out on paid work.
From 28th September 2020, everyone is now legally required to self isolate if they have either received a positive test for COVID-19 or have been identified by NHS track and trace as being in close contact with someone who has.
The Government has put a new support system in place for those on low incomes. The one-off payment of £500 can be claimed by anyone who is eligible and unable to gain any income whilst isolating for 14 days.
Payments are made and claimed through your local authority, all local authorities will have their own system in place by 12th October. Anyone who has been required to isolate since 28th September 2020 onwards can claim a backdated payment if they are eligible.
If eligible, you’d need to contact your local authority (based on where you live) in order to claim.
In most cases, you’ll need to provide the following information;
Please be aware, each local authority may have different policies for allocating these funds. You can find out which local authority you need to contact and what to do next here, on the official government website.
For further information about the latest support available to employees check out our post, Coronavirus Support: The Coronavirus Job Support Scheme.
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