Eligibility criteria for the Self-Isolation Support Payment widened

More people will now be eligible to apply for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Payment the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James has announced.

The scheme, which has been extended until June 2021, will now be open to applications from people with a personal income of less than £500 per week and those on Basic Statutory Sick Pay who have been asked to self-isolate by Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service, the NHS Covid-19 App or by their child’s education setting.

These changes, will make approximately 170,000 additional people now eligible for the payment, if they are asked to self-isolate and would lose income as a result. 

The payment scheme was intended to help remove financial barriers faced by people who need to self-isolate by providing a £500 payment for people who are employed or self-employed, who had been told to self-isolate by the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service and who are in receipt of Universal Credit or another specified benefit, unable to work from home or are a parent or care or a child asked to self-isolate due to an outbreak in an education setting.

The discretionary element supports people who are not on benefits but who meet the other criteria and are at risk of financial hardship.

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Posted on: Wednesday 24th February 2021