People on lower incomes or those unable to work from home who have lost income as a result of self isolating will be able to benefit from a new package of government financial support.

The new Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 will ensure those on low incomes will be able to self isolate without having to worry about their finances. Tandridge District Council are currently working to set up the application process for this payment, which will be available from 12 October.

To be eligible, you must:

• Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
• Be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
• Be employed or self-employed.
• Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.

From 28 September, people with symptoms are required by law to self isolate. People eligible for this new payment who have had to self isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments once the scheme is set up.

Details of how to apply will be available on Tandridge District Councils website shortly.