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Residents in Erewash who are told to self-isolate through the NHS Test and Trace scheme could qualify for a £500 support payment if they lose income because they are unable to work from home.

Erewash Borough Council is co-ordinating applications for the grant following the government’s announcement of funding being made available to help individuals on low incomes.

The scheme started on 28 September and the council will start to issue payments to eligible applicants from Monday (12 October). Anyone told to self-isolate on or after 28 September can make a backdated claim for payment.

The £500 award is for individuals 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 been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
• are employed or self-employed
• are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
• are currently receiving one or more of the following benefits - Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

A second discretionary scheme gives other residents who do not meet this criteria – mainly because they are not receiving any of the qualifying benefits - the chance to apply for a £500 support payment if they are on a low income and will face financial hardship through not being able to work.

Application forms for the £500 payment are online now via My Erewash. Residents will need to register for an account from the homepage. Those unable to apply online can call 0115 907 2244 to request a call back to enable the completion of an application form.

Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:

“The over-riding aim of this latest support is to ensure people who test positive for covid, along with their close contacts, do self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus. We have the funding in place to help those who are eligible and our team will work to make payments within three days of receiving the required information.

“We are well aware of the financial impact of coronavirus and have been committed throughout to issue support as quickly as possible through several government-funded grant schemes over the last few months.”