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Self isolation scheme launched by Tendring Council

A scheme to pay people on benefits up to £500 while self-isolating has been launched by Tendring District Council.

The government announced the scheme – available for those on benefits who can't work from home – last month but it has taken the district council some time to get a system up and running. The council can also make discretionary payments to those who do not quite meet the Government’s benefit criteria but are still on low incomes.

Now eligible Tendring residents can apply by visiting, or only for those without internet access by calling the council on 01255 686811.

To be eligible residents must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
  • Be employed or self-employed;
  • Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
  • Receive Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

People forced to self-isolate from 28 September, and who otherwise qualify for the scheme, can make a backdated claim. The scheme will run until the end of January 2021. The £500 payment is subject to income tax, but not National Insurance contributions. Residents do not qualify if they are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless they test positive during this time), receive full wages during the period and/or can work from home, or have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.

• To apply, visit or call 01255 686811.

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