People on low incomes in Halton who cannot work because they are required to self-isolate, may now be eligible to receive a £500 payment through a new Government scheme, being administered by Halton Borough Council.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19, or has been told by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in contact with someone who has, now has a legal duty to self-isolate.

You must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from when your symptoms begin, or if you have tested positive and show no symptoms. You must self-isolate for 14 days if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Refusing, or failure, to self-isolate could result in a fine of up to £10,000.

From 28 September, Halton residents will be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if they meet all of the four following conditions: 

  1. They have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  2. Are employed or self-employed
  3. Are unable to work from home and will lose income as result
  4. Are currently receiving one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

To claim the Test and Trace Support Payment, residents will need to complete an online application that will be available on from Monday 12 October 2020.

People who do not have access to the internet can make a claim by calling 0800 952 0016.