GRANTS could be available to Stratford residents forced to self-isolate.
The government has announced those tested positive for covid-19, or who are identified by the NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has, have a legal duty to self-isolate.
And since isolation may impact some people’s ability to work, it has introduced a grant scheme, which will run until January 31.
Stratford District Council will be providing payment support to residents isolating and unable to work from home, and who are in receipt of qualifying benefits.
SDC councillor Jo Barker said: “It’s really important that if you receive a positive covid-19 test, you self-isolate for ten days. I know that self-isolating will cause a financial impact for some people, especially those who are self-employed and can’t work from home. We hope this payment will help to bridge the gap for you and support you whilst you self-isolate.”
The criteria for Self-Isolation-Payments includes for:
– Those who have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been near someone who has tested positive.
– Those employed or self-employed and unable to work from home.
– Those 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.
Residents can apply through the district council website.