Bedford Borough Council unveils Test and Trace support payment

The package is to help those on low incomes who have to self-isolate

By Clare Turner
Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 11:00 am

Following the Government’s announcement of a new financial support package for those who have to self-isolate, Bedford Borough Council has unveiled an online application form for residents who are eligible for support.

This package of support offers a payment of £500 to residents who are on low incomes, in receipt of certain benefits and are required to self-isolate because they have received a positive test result or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is designed to support people on low incomes if they will lose money because of self-isolating, and will encourage people to get tested.

The package is to help those on low incomes who have to self-isolate

To be eligible for a payment, residents must meet the following criteria, alongside being asked to self-isolate by Test and Trace:

1. They are unable to work from home and will lose income because of self-isolating.

2. They are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

The Test and Trace Support Payment is available until January 31, 2021. If you are eligible for this package and want to apply, you can complete the online form here