From 1st September 2020, the government is trialing a new self-isolation payment for those living in high Covid-19 incidence areas.
It is 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 or who have 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.