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Applications open for £500 Test and Trace Support Scheme

News release 9783, published on 19 Oct 2020
Eligible residents are now able to apply for a one-off £500 payment as the council opens applications for the Test and Trace Support Scheme.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday 20 September, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has received further guidance and is now able to issue payments under the scheme.

Providing those with low incomes and an inability to work from home with financial support, the scheme is open to residents who have been contacted by the Test and Trace service and asked to self-isolate because they have either:

• tested positive for COVID-19
• recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Improvement Cllr Hannah Golding said: "I am incredibly proud that we have managed to set up payments under this brand new scheme so swiftly, following the receipt of the necessary detailed government guidance just days ago.

"This scheme will provide vital support during the ongoing pandemic, enabling residents to self-isolate in line with the law so they can avoid a fine, reduce the spread of COVID-19 and, ultimately, help keep Basingstoke and Deane safe."

The introduction of the Test and Trace Support scheme was announced alongside the law requiring those instructed to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service to do so to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Those who started to self-isolate from 28 September onwards will be eligible to receive a backdated payment, subject to completing an application form for the scheme.

For more information on the scheme or to apply for a payment, visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/covid-19-test-and-trace-support-scheme

For more information on the government announcement, including the introduction of fines from £1,000 for those breaching self-isolation rules, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/new-package-to-support-and-enforce-self-isolation

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