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Additional funding to help those self-isolating

Published 28 January 2021

More residents on low incomes who have to self-isolate will now be able to apply for a £500 payment.

Since October last year, residents on low incomes who stopped working because they were told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace have been able to claim a £500 support payment funded by the Government.

The county-wide Health Protection Board has now approved an additional £2 million of funding for councils across Hertfordshire to provide an inclusive payment scheme that will support a wider range of residents on low incomes.

To be eligible for the £500 discretionary payment, residents must:

  • have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, because they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has tested positive
  • be employed or self-employed, but can’t work from home
  • lose income due to self-isolation
  • be aged 16 or over
  • have usual net earnings of £500 per week or less (£2,167 per month), and have savings of less than £16,000.

Residents receiving the payments must agree to follow self-isolation guidance.

Leader of Dacorum Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Williams, said: “The announcement of this additional funding is very welcome. Supporting as many Dacorum residents as we can to do the right thing by self-isolating and following the guidance is paramount to reducing transmission of the virus and keeping our community safe.”

Eligible residents will be able to apply via our website from Monday 1 February.