£500 payment for individuals self-isolating goes live

10:14am - 12 October 2020

A payment of £500 for people who need to self-isolate but can’t work from home has gone live today, Monday 12 October.

The Test and Trace support payment will be administered by North Somerset Council and is available until 31 January. Payments will be made within three working days.

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “This money will be a lifeline for those people who are finding it difficult to self-isolate due to the financial impact that it has. We invite residents to register their details if they think they qualify for help under the Governments scheme. We must follow the new rules which have been put in place, to avoid a severe fine but most importantly to save lives. If people are struggling, we’re here to help. “

People can apply via the council’s website.

Individuals must self-isolate if they test positive or are identified as a contact in the NHS Test and Trace system. There will also be tougher penalties for people caught breaking the rules from £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.