Grants available to help Uttlesford residents self-isolate

Uttlesford District Council has received extra funding from Essex County Council to extend its scheme to provide one-off support payments to residents asked to self-isolate.

Residents who need to self-isolate because they or a household member has tested positive for Covid-19 could get a £500 grant - whether or not they qualify for government support.

People who test positive for Covid-19 could be entitled to a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment from the government.

However, many residents asked to self-isolate may be ineligible for the government support payment. It is these people who this new fund aims to help.

People may not qualify for government support because, for instance, they are on zero hours contracts, self-employed and trading for less than one year or self-employed without access to support because of low trading returns.

The £500 discretionary grant per resident will be a one-off payment to cover the two-week period of self-isolation. The funding is a per-head share of £3m distributed to councils across Essex.

Residents can apply for the government or discretionary support at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/test-and-trace-payments.

1 February 2021

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