Coronavirus: Employment support and financial help
Test and Trace Self Isolation Support Payment
The Government have announced a new financial support package for people on low incomes who are unable to work because they must self-isolate. This scheme will be run by Local Authorities on the government's behalf.
The Government have asked Local Authorities to have the scheme up and running by October 12 2020.
We are waiting for detailed guidance from the Government and until this is received the Council is not able to accept applications or make payments. We will be updating this page with further details when we receive them.
From 28 September 2020 if you are required by law to self-isolate and satisfy the conditions set out below, you may qualify for a Test and Trace support payment of £500.
To get the Test and Trace Support Payment, you must be:
- asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September by NHS Test and Trace either because you have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
- employed or self-employed;
- unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
- currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
If you qualify, you will be entitled to £500. This will be paid in a lump sum.
The scheme will run until 31 January 2021.
How to apply for a payment
You will be able to apply for a payment online. A telephone application process will also be available.
You will be asked to submit the following supporting evidence:
- a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate (this will include a Unique ID number);
- a bank statement; and,
- proof of employment or, if you are self-employed, evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
We will accept scans, photographs, screenshots and downloads of documents.
Will this payment be taxed?
This payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.
Can I make multiple claims if I am asked to isolate multiple times?
A claim can be made for each period of self-isolation required. All eligibility criteria must be met and supporting evidence provided.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
Job Support Scheme
The Government's Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs over the winter period. The scheme will launch on November 1 as the furlough scheme ends.
Help with Council Tax and Benefits
Our Council Tax, Revenues and Benefits service is administered by LGSS. For up-to-date information on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is affecting Council Tax and Benefits services, please visit the LGSS website.
Help to find a job
We have two employment support schemes that may be able to help you if you are looking for work.