Eligible residents will be able to access the new scheme which works alongside the local Test and Trace programme. Residents who have received an 8 Digit ID with notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate will be offered the £500 self-isolation payment if they are earning less than £500 per week after tax and National Insurance contributions, on condition that they strictly follow the law and self-isolate, and meet other criteria.
The £2million of funding was agreed by a key group of public sector partners across public health, NHS, police and environmental health officers. This extra money was approved by the Health Protection Board after the county’s 10 district and borough councils had already distributed the previous grants from Central Government.
Cllr Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council, said: “Self-isolating is essential if we are to reduce the number of people with COVID-19 and have an effective test-trace-isolate system. This is only possible if there is proper financial support for people so I am pleased that the money has been made available to help those who must self-isolate.”
Tim Hutchings, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This extra £2million will help those people that are eligible to apply for it. Self-isolating – and not going out in any circumstances – is absolutely critical for us to continue to reduce infections from spreading within our communities. We would welcome any further investment from Central Government in following our lead on this issue.”
More information is available on the Test and Trace support payment page on the council’s website.