People self-isolating in Preston due to coronavirus could receive financial support of £500 to compensate for lost income.Advertisement
Anyone who tests positive for the virus, or who is identified as a contact by Test and Trace, must self-isolate for 14 days.
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The government has now introduced a new Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme, which is administered locally by Preston City Council, to provide support for working individuals on low income and facing financial hardship as a result of having to self-isolate.
The scheme offers a one-off lump sum payment of £500 for each period of self-isolation, which qualifying residents can apply for online.
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Councillor Martyn Rawlinson, Cabinet member for resources and performance, said: “While ensuring residents self-isolate when required is crucial in our fight against coronavirus, for many it will be an additional worry and financial burden.
“I would urge anyone who is eligible for this payment to apply so they can receive the financial support they need to help them and their families during what will be a difficult time.”
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Anyone who meets the following criteria is entitled to a payment:
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Discretionary payments are also available for those not on these benefits – with those applying having to demonstrate they are unable to work from home, they will lose income as a result of this, and will face financial hardship as a result.
For more information visit here. The scheme is open until 31 January 2021.
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