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Applications now open for £500 Self-Isolation Payment

If you cannot work from home after being told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, currently receive benefits and will lose income whilst self-isolating, you can now apply for a government payment of £500 to help you at this time.

Claims can be made by anybody who is employed or self-employed and was told to self-isolate on or after Monday 28 September. Claims can be made up to 14 days after your period of self-isolation, with payments available until 31 January 2021.

Lead Councillor for the Economy, Cllr John Redpath says: "People who are already on low incomes are likely to be amongst those most affected by self-isolation and we hope that this government payment can help to reduce both their fears and financial problems.

"We understand that the pandemic will have a deep and likely long-lasting effect on Guildford's economy, particularly in key sectors that have already been badly affected by the lockdown such as healthcare, hospitality, retail, travel and tourism. We issued 1620 government grants totalling £21,785,000 million to local businesses, plus a further £1.111 million in discretionary grants. We provided 12 months' business rate relief to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and administered the government's Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to support measures to allow our town centre to open safely and securely for shoppers and visitors.

"We have been working with the Community Foundation for Surrey's Coronavirus Response Fund, as the Mayor of Guildford's chosen charity for 2020, to match fund any donations to support local charities and voluntary organisations helping vulnerable, elderly and isolated members of the community. We have also launched a new 'Skills For Employment' programme or virtual job club to help those who have lost their jobs or are graduating from schools, colleges and universities in 2020. We can also help school leavers and graduates get involved with the new KickStart scheme for 16-24 year olds. If you are interested in finding out more about our online job club or KickStart please email business@guildford.gov.uk."

Online applications can be made to us £500 Self Isolation Payment page if you are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

You will need to provide your NHS Test and Trace number, National Insurance number, details of the benefits you receive, a copy of your latest bank statement, proof of employment or self-employment, and any information from your employer confirming that you cannot work and will lose income. Separate applications must be made by each person in a household.

You will not be eligible for a payment if you are quarantining after travelling abroad (unless you test positive), continuing to receive full wages while you self-isolate, can work from home during self-isolation, are no longer required to self-isolate or have not received a notification from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.

Published on Tuesday 13 October.