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.

Please head to the gov.uk website to find out more.

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