Almost £1million has been awarded to residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support them to self-isolate and reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Since the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme launched last October, almost 2,000 claims from people requesting financial support to self-isolate have been approved totalling £996,500.
The scheme was due to expire at the end of February, but the Government has announced that it has been extended until the end of June to allow councils to continue supporting everyone who needs assistance to self-isolate. It has also been expanded to include parents who need to have time off work to look after a child who is self-isolating. Parents will be able to apply for this support soon and further details will be provided by councils in due course.
People who need to self-isolate are able to make a bid for funding from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme which is run by Peterborough City Council and each of the district and city councils across Cambridgeshire. Those who don't meet the criteria are also able to apply for a discretionary payment of £500.
In addition, hundreds more people who have not been eligible for funding have received help in other ways via the network of support hubs. These hubs are run by the district and city councils and supported by the Countywide Hub which is run by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
Councillor Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Hundreds of families across Cambridgeshire have been supported to self-isolate since the financial scheme launched last October and it is great news that this support will continue. For some people, financial assistance is the only way they feel able to self-isolate when needed, which is why the scheme is so vital.
"Rates are reducing in most parts of Cambridgeshire, but to ensure that trend continues we have to make sure we all continue to self-isolate when asked to by NHS Test and Trace. There is no better way to break the chain of transmission."
Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council and the district and city councils across Cambridgeshire have a range of support available to help anyone to self-isolate.
This support includes:
To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme people must meet all the following criteria:
NHS Test and Trace ID number, bank statement, and proof of employment or self-assessment returns will need to be provided.
Details of the scheme are available on our Test and Trace Payment Scheme webpage.
People can also contact their local support hub. Contact the Fenland District Council hub on 01354 654321 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org