Government launches payment scheme for people on low incomes who test positive for Covid-19

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Government launches payment scheme for people on low incomes who test positive for Covid-19

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A new payment scheme will support people on low incomes who test positive for Covid-19 and are unable to work from home.

Under the government scheme, those who test positive for the virus will receive £130 for their 10-day self-isolation period.

Other members of their household, who will then have to self-isolate for 14 days, will receive a payment of £182.

Similarly, non-household contacts identified through NHS Test and Trace will be entitled to a payment of up to £182, depending on how long they need to self-isolate for.

There is a strict list of eligibility criteria for the payment scheme, which is set to start with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock 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 on low incomes and who are unable to work from home to continue playing their part in the national fight against this virus."



You can find more information about the scheme, including the full list of eligibility criteria, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new- ... risk-areas


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