The UK government announced there is now a new legal duty on all UK residents to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by the NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of someone who has done so.
As this new legal duty may impact your ability to work and earn a living, the government has introduced a grant scheme, which will run until 31 January 2021.
North Warwickshire Borough Council will be providing Self Isolation Payment support to local residents who need financial assistance due to having to self-isolate because of Coronavirus.
Leader of the Council Cllr David Wright said; “It is so important for the safety of our communities that those people who receive a positive Covid-19 test self-isolate for 10 days. I appreciate that self-isolating can cause a financial impact for some people, especially those who are self employed and can’t work from home, so we hope that this payment will help to bridge the gap for these people and support them whilst they do the right thing for North Warwickshire.”
Although the government scheme came into place on 28th September, the council is awaiting further guidance before beginning to make payments. The council hope to start making payments next week and residents will be able to apply online. Any claims submitted this week will be dealt with as a priority.
The council also want to reassure North Warwickshire communities that they are also there to offer other advice and support working with partners and community groups for anyone needing to self-isolate please visit www.northwarks.gov.uk or ring 01827 715341 (the One-Stop-Shop is currently closed).
People who have received notification from NHS Test and Trace with a unique 8-digit identifier number and are eligible under the scheme criteria will receive a payment of:
· £500 if they have tested positive for coronavirus and must self-isolate for 10 days (from the point they first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they do not have symptoms), or if a member of their household has tested positive for coronavirus and they are told to self-isolate for 14 days (from the point the other household member first developed symptoms or from the date they tested positive if they did not have symptoms)
The criteria that individuals must comply with to be able to receive this payment, as set by the government is as follows:
• Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
• Are employed or self-employed
• Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
• Are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit
There will be further information to follow on Discretionary Lump Sum payments availability in exceptional circumstances, however we are awaiting further information to clarify on this area.