£500 payments available to people on low incomes who test positive for Covid-19

A new support scheme to help people who have tested positive for Covid-19 has opened in Richmondshire.

The track and trace payment scheme makes £500 available to people who have to self isolate and are on low incomes and cannot work from home.

Late last month. the Government announced a financial package to support and enforce self-isolation.

From September 28 until January 31, 2021 – in some circumstances – individuals who are required by law to self isolate may be supported by a payment of £500, payable by Richmondshire District Council.

It will help ensure that people on low incomes are able to stay at home and self-isolate when they are told to do so by the NHS Test and Trace service.

Officials say it will also encourage more people to get tested without the added pressure of losing income.

The scheme does not cover people who are self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad, unless they have tested positive for coronavirus or have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

These payments will be subject to income tax but will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.

A claim can be made for each period of self-isolation required, meaning people can receive multiple payments providing all the eligibility criteria has been met and evidence provided.

Any Richmondshire resident who has been told to self-isolate from 28 September 2020, and think they may be eligible should complete the online form at https://www.richmondshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/coronavirus/support-for-communities/apply-for-nhs-test-and-trace-support-payment/

Applications can be made up to 14 days after the period of self-isolation has ended. Claims will not be accepted after this date.