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As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic the government announced a Test and Trace Support Payments scheme in September 2020. This new package of financial assistance is aimed to support and enforce self-isolation.
Recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the transmission of Covid-19, this new Test and Trace Support payment of £500 will ensure that those on low incomes are able to self-isolate without worry about their finances. Local authorities are required to make these payments to individuals who meet the qualifying conditions.
The government will also allocate a discretionary fund to local authorities to enable them to provide support to individuals who do not qualify for the Test and Trace Support Payment but require corresponding financial support to self-isolate.
The fund will be available until 31 January 2021.
Local authorities are required to implement a local policy setting out how they will administer the discretionary fund. This policy sets out how the Council will administer the discretionary fund.
Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for finance and assets
Decision published: 19/10/2020
Effective from: 23/10/2020
(1) To approve the Local Authority’s Test and Trace Support Payments Discretionary Policy.
(2) To grant the Director of Service Delivery delegated authority, to implement, and if necessary, amend the Discretionary Policy. Such delegated authority will include any measures necessary for or incidental to its management and administration.
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Lead officer: Bill McCafferty