Financial support is available to people who have to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
£5oo grants for those who need to self-isolate
Up to £500 per person is available to those who by law must self-isolate if they are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace or Essex and Southend contact tracing.
Essex County Council and the 12 borough, city and district councils in Essex – including Epping Forest District Council – have made it easier for people on low incomes to apply for a discretionary £500 payment if they’re unable to work from home while self-isolating.
This includes those who are told to self-isolate because they:
- Test positive for COVID-19
- Are a parent / guardian with a self-isolating child
- Live with someone else who tests positive
- Have contact with someone in their childcare or support bubble who tests positive
This new scheme comes into effect from 15 April.
Who can apply
Employed people who earn less than £500 per week (net), have household savings below £16,000, are not on benefits and meet other existing criteria are now eligible. This includes self-employed and zero-hours contract workers.
Employees who are in receipt of benefits may be eligible for the national scheme.
Get tested regularly
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health for Essex said:
Thanks to everything the people of Essex have done COVID-19 case rates have gone from among the highest in England to about a third of the national average. But we can’t let down our guard.
I urge people to get tested regularly, whether they have symptoms or not, and to self-isolate if they or someone they’re in contact with tests positive.
If you carry on going out to work because you’re worried about losing money, you could be spreading the virus. These changes to the discretionary test and trace support scheme will help more people to self-isolate.
For more information about support while you are self-isolating and to apply for payments from your local council see www.essex.gov.uk/support-if-you-are-self-isolating
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