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Support for those self-isolating and losing income

Residents in the Folkestone & Hythe district who are instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace can now claim financial support.

Test and trace

To try and limit the spread of COVID-19 the government announced last month (September) that people were required by law to self-isolate from 28 September and those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will be supported by a £500 payment.

In addition to the standard payment scheme the council is also launching a Discretionary Scheme to support residents that do not meet all of the criteria for the standard scheme. This ensures that more people on low incomes can be supported if they will lose income as a result of self-isolating.

Cllr Tim Prater, Cabinet Member for Revenues, Benefits, Anti-Fraud and Corruption for Folkestone & Hythe District Council said: "Self-isolation is an essential part of containing the spread of Covid-19. We need all residents told to self-isolate to do so. We have designed the discretionary scheme to allow us to support those that would otherwise financially struggle the most to do so."

More information about the test and trace payments and how to apply can be found here

Those who started to self-isolate from 28 September will be eligible for a back-dated payment.

Date published: 15 October 2020

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