From 1st September 2020, those who are claiming Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit and cannot work from home will be able to get a self-isolation payment. If you need to self-isolate the UK government has now introduced a new payment for people who live in the highest risk areas with Covid-19. On the 1st September, 2020 the scheme was set to be trialled in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham these areas are currently in a local lockdown. If the trial proves successful, more details will be given.
If you are and have tested positive for Covid-19 you will receive £130 for their 10 day self-isolation. If other members of the household who also need to self-isolate for 14 days will get £182. A non-household contact who is asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace will also be entitled to a payment of of up to £182. The self-isolation payment will not reduce any other benefits a person receives.
To be eligible for a payment, an individual must:
- 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 have provided details to the local authority.
- 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 service which the local authority reasonably judges they are unable to carry out without social contact.
- Be unable to work from home and will lose income as result.
- Be currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit.
The Gov.uk website states those who are eligible will receive their payments within 48 hours after providing all the necessary evidence. Individuals will be asked to provide a notification from the NHS Test and Trace and a bank statement. Fraud checks are also being put in place.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said: “The British Public have already sacrificed a great deal to help slow the spread of the virus. Self-isolating if you have tested positive for Covid-19, or have come into contact with someone who has, remains vital to keeping on top of local outbreaks. This new payment scheme will help people who are on low incomes and who are unable to work from home to continue playing their part in the national fight against this virus.”