Derbyshire Dales District Council is supporting residents to self-isolate if they or someone they’ve come into contact with tests positive for COVID-19.
It is now a legal requirement for those testing positive for COVID-19, or those identified by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone with the virus, to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Government has announced that a payment of £500 is available for those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result of self-isolating.
The Test and Trace Support Payment will be administered by local councils and Derbyshire Dales District Council is working to ensure a system is quickly in place to enable people who are eligible for support to claim this funding.
A council spokesperson said:
“If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace it is not only a legal requirement that you self-isolate but it’s also one of the most important ways we can prevent the spread of COVID-19, by breaking the chain of infection.
“However, we know that for many people, particularly those on low incomes, the financial implications of not being able to work due to self-isolation can be severe.
“We therefore welcome the announcement that funding of £500 will be available to support residents to self-isolate, and payments will be backdated for people who have been notified that they have to self –isolate on or after 28 September.”
Residents will need to submit supporting evidence including their ID number from NHS Test and Trace, bank details, proof of employment and evidence that they are in receipt of certain benefits.
Applications can be made from Monday 12th October by visiting www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/Test&TracePayment or by telephone on 01629 818222 (select option 2 for Benefits enquiries).