Self-isolation payment for low-income workers
From 1st September 2020, the government is trialing a new self-isolation payment for those living in high Covid-19 incidence areas.
Is it for people in receipt of certain benefits who normally work (employment or self-employment), but who are having to self-isolate at home, who are unable to work from home and are not being paid by their employer (no self-employed income).
The government hope that this extra payment – paid on top of these benefits - will mean people "don't lose out by doing the right thing".
The benefit will be trialed in parts of north-west England first. Those entitled need to apply to their Local Authority- generally the claim will be online.
To be eligible for the funding, individuals must meet the following criteria:
1. Live in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham (after a rapid pilot in these areas it is hoped to be extended to all areas with a high incidence of COVID-19)
2. Have tested positive for Covid-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
3. Have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority.
4. 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.
5. Be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants).
6. Will lose income as a result.
7. Be currently receiving Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit.
How much will they get?
For those that qualify, a payment of £13 per day for the period of isolation, per person, will be made available to eligible individuals. This funding amount is set and funded by the Government. 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.
£130 will be paid to those employed or self-employed people who meet the entitlement conditions and who test positive for the virus are required to isolate for 10 days.
£182 will be paid to those employed or self-employed people who are entitled who must self-isolate for 14 days because they live in the same household of someone who has tested positive.
A maximum of £182 (£13 a day) will be paid to those employed or self-employed people who are entitled if they have been identified as having had non-household contact with another person who has tested positive for coronavirus and is asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days.
The payment will be totally disregarded as income for benefit purposes.