New Covid-19 payment for those unable to work

From Tuesday 1 September, people on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new payment scheme. 

The scheme will first be trialled in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham. With payments of up to £182 being paid to people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their contacts. 

  • Those who need to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19 will be eligible to receive £130 payment. 
  • Members of the person’s household who have to self-isolate for 14 days, will be entitled to the £182 payment. 
  • People who are not part of the household, who have tested positive for Covid-19 after contact with the individual, will be asked to self-isolate through NHS Track and Trace and will be entitled to a payment up to £182, dependent on the length of self-isolation. 

The payments are designed to support people who are unable to work from home while self-isolating, after  testing positive, or for those living in the same household as or coming in to contact with the individual who tested positive. The payments will be made available to people currently receiving either Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit. 

More information can be found at: 

City of Wolverhampton Benefits Bulletin

Gov.UK Press Release 

Covid-19 Symptoms 

Covid-19 Testing Sites – book a test