It is now a legal requirement for anyone in England who tests positive for Coronavirus or who has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.

The rule came into effect on 28 September and failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £10,000.

In a bid to support those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income because they’ve had to self-isolate, the government has set up a new Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. Those eligible will receive £500 to help cover their financial obligations while they cannot work.

Local authorities are also working to set up Test and Trace Support Payment schemes and have a target date of 12 October. Those who are told to self-isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments, if they’re eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.

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