Milton Keynes Council reminds residents to check if they are entitled to £500 self-isolation payment

    People that have been told to self-isolate are being reminded by MK Council about the one-off payment of £500 that is available in certain cases.

    The Test and Trace payment, made by Milton Keynes Council on behalf of the Government, is for people on low incomes who have to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    It may also be available to those that are employed or self-employed, cannot work from home, and will lose income as a result.

    According to MK Council, in order to be eligible for the Test and Trace payment you must: 

    - have been notified by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020 (not before) that you must self-isolate; or 

    - have been identified as a close contact by the NHS COVID-19 App from 10 December 2020,


    - you’ve responded to any email, text, letter or phone call messages received from NHS Test and Trace and have provided any legally required information, such as your contact details. If you have tested positive you will also be asked to provide the details of people with whom you have been in contact; 


    - have a unique 8 digit number provided by the NHS Test & Trace;

    - be employed or self-employed;

    - be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result;

    - are currently receiving at least one of the following benefits:

    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • income-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit
    • have claimed the Test and Trace Self Isolation payment within 42 days of the first day of your self-isolation.

    To find out more about the Test and Trace payment, click here.


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