Payments for those who have to stay at home and isolate


People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme.

Starting with a trial in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham to ensure the process works, eligible individuals who test positive with the virus will receive £130 for their 10-day period of self-isolation. Other members of their household, who have to self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to a payment of £182.

DIA CEO Carly Brookfiled is also writing to the Secretary of State for Health and Department for Work and Pensions to ask whether ADIs can continue to have access to Universal Credit as it may help them if they need to self-isolate. She will also be asking what ongoing support there will be for self-employed workers who may have up to 14 days without income at a time due to test and trace. 

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