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Test and Trace support payment scheme announced

Press Release: 13/10/2020

 

A NEW support package has been announced to support and enforce self-isolation.

The test and trace support payment of £500 is being made available to provide give financial support to those on low incomes if they are required to self-isolate.

From 28 September, there is a legal duty to self-isolate if asked to do so by NHS Trace and Trace. This could be necessary due to having tested positive for COVID-19 or being in contact with someone who has tested positive.

To support people on a low income whose earnings will be affected if they need to self-isolate for 14 days, a new Test and Trace payment scheme has been set up.

Under the scheme, residents could be eligible for a payment of £500 if they cannot work and have to stay at home.

People in Tameside may be eligible if all of the following apply: 

  • They have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace either because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • They are employed or self-employed
  • They cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • They are in receipt of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

People who are not receiving one of these benefits but are on a low income and suffering financial hardship due to self-isolation are advised help is available under a  discretionary scheme.

Anyone asked to self-isolate after 28 September will qualify for a backdated payment if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council executive member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “The new Test and Trace payment support scheme will provide vital support for residents who could have struggled financially if they’d had to self-isolate. It’s vital that during this challenging time we all come together to protect our Tameside community in our fight against the virus.”


More information on the scheme including how to apply for payment is available here: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/tatspaymentscheme. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works for more information about NHS Test and Trace.

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