PEOPLE self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms could get a £500 payment, payable through Sandwell Council.

The council said it is awaiting detailed guidance from the government before it can accept applications, but has put out information on the scheme, which came into effect yesterday (Monday). 

Meanwhile the Government has pledged the scheme will be up and running by October 12.

The council said individuals who are eligible prior to that date will be able to make a backdated claim.

Information about the scheme:

Who can get the Test & Trace Support Payment?

To get the Test & Trace Support Payment, you must be: asked to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace either because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive; employed or self-employed; unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment & Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

How much is the payment?

You may be supported by a lump sum payment of £500.

Will this payment be taxed?

This payment will be subject to income tax. It will not be subject to National Insurance contributions.

How long will this be in place for?

The scheme will run until January 31, 2021.

When will this come into force?

These changes will come into effect on 28 September 2020, alongside the legal duty to self-isolate.

Sandwell is expected to have its systems in place by October 12.

The council will put updated information on its website here when it becomes available.