Wyre Council has today launched its Test and Trace support payment scheme for residents who have to self-isolate, can’t work from home and are on a low income.

In England you are now required by law to self-isolate if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. If you can’t work because you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and you can’t work from home and you are on a low income or in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you may be able to claim for help.

The payment scheme is now open which will see eligible people able to claim a £500 payment. If there is more than one person in your household who has been told to self-isolate, then they can also make a separate claim for a support payment provided they too are eligible.

The Test and Trace support payment has been introduced in response to feedback that some residents were struggling to self-isolate owing to financial constraints. It also helps to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested and help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Councillor Alan Vincent, Resources Portfolio Holder for Wyre Council comments, “We are pleased to have this new scheme in place for our residents. It’s vital that if you are told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate that you do so in order to protect your loved ones and the wider community. However, we understand the financial pressure this can bring and so it’s important that support is there for those who need it most. This will provide some reassurance for those concerned about a loss of income.

“There is criteria that residents will need to meet but full details are on our website and we aim to process applications as quickly as possible.”

To find out if you’re eligible and to make an application go to www.wyre.gov.uk/selfisolationpayment