Helping people to make ends meet while self-isolating

The Health Secretary has announced that people on low incomes in the highest risk areas who need to self-isolate and are unable to work will benefit from a new payment scheme, ensuring people can make ends meet while helping to control the spread of coronavirus.

  • Self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, or after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive, remains vital to keeping on top of local outbreaks.
  • The government will trial a new payment scheme in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham in which people on Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit and who test positive will receive £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation, while other members of their household and people they have come into contact with, who have to isolate for 14 days, will receive £182. If the trial is successful, the scheme will be quickly applied in other areas of high coronavirus incidence.
  • Everyone has a part to play in helping to control the virus – and the government will make it as convenient as possible for people to do so.


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