New financial support for people asked to self-isolate

Rotherham residents who face financial hardship due to lost earnings because they are instructed to self-isolate can get help from a new Council support package.

 

New financial support for people asked to self-isolate

No-one should be unable to self-isolate because they are worried about money.

Rotherham residents who face financial hardship due to lost earnings because they are instructed to self-isolate can get help from a new Council support package.

The local scheme, which launched on Monday (25 January), is providing financial assistance to many people who fall outside the Government's national scheme, with the intention that anyone who needs to self-isolate and who would otherwise lose income as a result, is entitled to cash support.

Crucially, it is hoped that the scheme will incentivise people worried about the financial consequences of not being able to work, to do the right thing.

Under the local scheme, a payment of £250 will be made to people who have:

  • Been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Started a period of self-isolation on or after the 25th January 2021.
  • Have not been able to access the Government’s self-isolation support payments or discretionary payments.
  • Are employed or self-employed; and
  • Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.

Click here for further information and to make an application.

To apply, you will need the unique NHS Test and Trace ID number they have been allocated for their application.

The scheme is available for people who have been instructed to self-isolate since 25 January and cannot be applied retrospectively to people who started self-isolating prior to that date.

The Council has allocated a total of £100,000 for the scheme initially, which will allow for up to 400 claims to be paid.