We have received extra funding from Essex County Council to reopen our scheme to provide one-off support payments to those who have to self-isolate.
Residents who must self-isolate because they or a household member has tested positive for COVID-19, could get a £500 grant – whether or not they qualify for a Test and Trace Support Payment from the Government.
The £500 discretionary grant per resident will be a one-off payment to cover the 2-week period of self-isolation. The funding is a per-head share of £3m distributed to councils across Essex.
Support while they cannot work
Cllr Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council welcomed the new grant saying:
More and more people are taking tests and finding they need to self isolate. This one-off grant will go a little way towards helping support them while they cannot work. It is intended for those residents who don’t qualify for any of the other Government grants available.
Test and trace isolation payments schemes
The funds ECC has been able to access come from the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) which is aimed at supporting city, borough and district councils with their test and trace isolation payments schemes.
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