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Source: City of Wakefield

​Residents who need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and will lose income because of this can now apply online on the Council’s website for financial assistance.

​The Government recently announced that additional financial support will be available to people who are on a low income (employed or self-employed) and have to self-isolate as part of the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

Wakefield Council is administering this scheme for its residents.

Under the scheme, a one-off Self-Isolation Payment of £500 will be paid to people whose earnings are reduced because they are required to self-isolate but are unable to work at home and who receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Pension Credit

Cllr Maureen Cummings Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “It is very important that people in our district know that we are here to support them as we face the challenges of COVID-19. We have put a new system in place so that those who are self-isolating and qualify for the payment, receive the help they need.”

Self-Isolation Payments will only be available to people who meet these conditions and have received a notification from NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for Coronavirus or they have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. However, anyone not receiving one of these benefits but who are still on a low income and meet all the other conditions, may also be entitled to a discretionary Self-Isolation Payment.

A form is now available on the Council’s website for applications at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/more-money-in-my-pocket/advice-during-coronavirus  Click on the link: ‘Financial help when self-isolating’. Anyone who meets the criteria from 28 September can apply. Anyone needing help to make a claim can contact 0345 8 504 504.

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