From Monday 28 September, people in England are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace service.
To support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home and whose finances are affected by isolation, a test and trace payment scheme has been set up through Barnsley Council. From Monday 28 September to Sunday 31 January people can claim for a one-off payment of £500 to support them during their isolation period.
Anybody that is looking to claim payment will need to meet eligibility criteria set out on the Barnsley Council website, including receiving the relevant Department for Work and Pensions benefits. Details of the test and trace payment scheme can be found on the council website.
If a person does not meet the eligibility criteria for the main scheme, they may be able to claim as part of Barnsley Councils discretionary scheme instead. Details of the discretionary scheme can be found on the council website.
If a person receives a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) test or has been asked to isolate through the NHS Track and Trace service on or after Monday 28 September, they can claim for the payment online at barnsley.gov.uk/ covid-19-test-and-trace-support-payment or by calling (01226) 787787 and pressing option 3.
Anybody wanting to make a claim has 14 days from the date their isolation ended to complete their application.
Claims can be made on another person’s behalf through the online form, although payment must be made directly to the person who is isolating. If a person doesn’t have access to IT facilities, the finance customer contact team can assist in completing this application by calling (01226) 787787 and pressing option 3.
Councillor Alan Gardiner, Cabinet spokesperson for Core Services, said: “It’s important that we can support people whose income is affected by isolation. This scheme will relieve them of that worry while they’re doing the right thing by protecting our communities from spreading the virus further.
“I would encourage people in Barnsley to share this information with family and friends, so people are aware that there is financial support in place if they’re told to isolate.”
It is important that any person asked to isolate follows the guidance to help reduce the spread of infection to people around them and their communities. Further information about isolation and the new regulations is available on the government website.