Test and Trace Support Payments now available

RESIDENTS on lower incomes who face losing pay if they are forced to self-isolate can now get financial support.

Eligible residents can apply for the Government’s £500 Test and Trace Support Payment via Rother District Council’s website or by contacting the Customer Service team.

The £500 payment has been introduced to support those on lower incomes who are required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 and cannot work from home and will lose income as a result.

Since September 28 people have been required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for the virus or are instructed to by NHS Test and Trace.

Council Leader, Councillor Doug Oliver, said: “We have all been affected by this pandemic one way or another, but for those on low incomes having to self-isolate can have a very detrimental effect.

“The new support payment ensures that everybody will be able to self-isolate without worrying about their finances.

“We welcome this funding and encourage people to check online to see if they may be eligible.”

Residents can claim the payment if they are working and in receipt of certain benefits. People who are eligible and who have had to self-isolate from September 28 will receive backdated payments once their application is approved.

Discretionary payments are available for individuals who do not qualify for the Test and Trace Support Payment but require financial support to self-isolate.

The scheme runs until 31 January 2021.

Published: 12th October 2020