Coronavirus: Payment for people on low incomes who must self-isolate

Coronavirus: Payment for people on low incomes who must self-isolate

The BBC Reports “workers on low incomes in parts of England where there are high rates of coronavirus will be able to claim up to £182 if they have to self-isolate.  From Tuesday, those who claim Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit and cannot work from home will be able to get the money - equal to £13 a day.”

“The benefit will be trialled in parts of north-west England first. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the payment "goes nowhere near far enough", adding people need "full pay".  Employed or self-employed people who test positive for the virus are required to isolate for 10 days, so those eligible for the extra money will get £130.  But members of the household of someone who has tested positive, who must self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to up to £182, assuming they also qualify for the payment.”

“Anyone else who is told to self-isolate by NHS contact tracers and meets the qualification criteria will also be entitled to £13 a day - about the same as statutory sick pay - for however long they must self-isolate.”  Read the full article.

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