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Applications open in Sandwell for Test & Trace support payments

Sandwell Council is now accepting applications for self-isolation support payments from people suffering financial hardship after testing positive for coronavirus.

The council is administering this government scheme, whereby some people who are required by law to self-isolate, from Monday 28 September 2020 may be supported by a payment of £500.

To be eligible for the Test & Trace Support Payment people must be:

  • asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • employed or self-employed
  • unable to work from home and will lose income as a result 
  • currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment & Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

A discretionary payment from the council may be available for people who are not receiving any of the above benefits but who are on a low income and experiencing financial hardship because they have to self-isolate. 

These changes came into effect on 28 September 2020, alongside the legal duty to self-isolate and backdated claims are allowed from people eligible before that date.

Applications for the grant can be made online via ‘My Sandwell’, on the council website.

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