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People in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
The Department of Health and Social care has announced the Legal duty to self-isolate and to ensure compliance and reduce spread of COVID-19.
Support is now available for people on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating through the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment
Fines for those breaking the rules now in place starting at £1,000 and increasing up to £10,000 for repeat offenders
Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will also be eligible for a new £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
Local authorities will be working to set up Test and Trace Support Payment schemes and have a target date of 12 October. Those who are told to self-isolate from 28 September will receive backdated payments, if they are eligible, once the scheme is set up in their local authority.
06 Feb 2024
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