The Government has announced that, from 28 September in England, there will be a new legal duty on all those who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by the NHS Test and Trace Service as a close contact, requiring them to self-isolate.
Self-isolation is critical in stopping the spread of coronavirus. It helps to ensure that those infected with the virus, and their close contacts, remain at home and stop virus transmitting to other people. From 28 September, there are new changes to self-isolation being introduced
Financial support for those who are self-isolating
Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, a new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate with financial assistance.
Just under 4 million people who are in receipt of benefits in England will be eligible for this payment, which will be available to those who are required to self-isolate from 28 September.