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Residents on low incomes offered Test and Trace Support Payment to self-isolate

15 October 2020

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A payment of £500 is available to residents on low incomes who are required to self-isolate.

The new Test and Trace Support Payment is available to people who are unable to work from home, would lose pay and are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. The scheme is designed to ensure people isolate, encourage people to get tested and help stop the spread of the virus.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or has been identified as a contact by NHS Test and Trace must self-isolate by law.

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'We'll do our best to help'

Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale Borough Council said:

"Anyone told by NHS Test and Trace to isolate is legally obliged to. This scheme supports residents on low incomes and as we have done throughout this pandemic our staff will be processing applications as fast as possible so we can get this vital support in the bank accounts of those who need it most right away. If you don't meet the criteria, you may still be able to claim support through our discretionary scheme so do apply and we'll do our best to help."

In addition, the council's early help teams can also support families with food clubs (discounted and free schemes for qualifying families) child development and health advice, mental health support, advice on healthy relationships, support with financial issues, support for children with disabilities, behavioural issues, bereavement, or if you're worried about a child.

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