The government’s test and trace system went online today to free the British from coronavirus blocking.
But what happens to your income if you are told to isolate yourself and you cannot work from home? We explain everything you need to know.
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What is the NHS Test and Trace service?
The NHS Test and Trace Service is the new government contact tracing system.
The service was launched across England at 9 a.m. this morning with a team of 25,000 contact tracers.
By working with Public Health England, they will have the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for the coronavirus daily.
This means that those who come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will be contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
This is different from the contact tracking app, which has been tested on the Isle of Wight.
Officials say the system will help them identify, contain and control the coronavirus by reducing its spread and ultimately saving lives.
Experts estimate this could reduce the spread by 15%, but authorities will have to warn those at risk within three days for it to have a significant impact.
Does your employer have to pay you if you have to isolate yourself and cannot work from home?
Employers will have to pay sickness benefits to staff while they isolate themselves.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News today: “If the NHS asks you, for public health reasons, to stay at home, this is equivalent to being sick in labor law and it is very important that employers are flexible about this. “
Labor law covers you even if you are told to isolate yourself for 14 days several times.
And, speaking at the BBC’s breakfast, Hancock added: “The responsibility lies with the employers.
“When the NHS asks you to go home, it is like being sick.
“We put in place support much earlier in the crisis to deal with this challenge, this is a very big problem.”
All workers invited by the test and tracing service to isolate themselves will be eligible for statutory sickness benefit (SSP), the ministry of health and social affairs told The Sun.
Employers are legally required to pay the SSP to eligible employees who are on sick leave.
Employers with fewer than 250 employees can request reimbursement from the HMRC for the first 14 days of absence, if this is due to the coronavirus.
Eligible workers can get £ 95.85 a week in PFS for up to 28 weeks, which depends on why you are absent from work.
Employers can offer more if they have a workplace sickness benefit, but not less.
To be eligible for the PAS, you must:
- be classified as an employee and have worked for your employer
- earn an average of at least £ 120 per week
- be sick, isolate yourself or “protect yourself” for at least four consecutive days (including non-working days)
But the charity Citizens Advice says that the self-employed and those on low incomes will have “financial difficulty” doing the right thing because they are not eligible for the SSP.
If you are not eligible, you may be able to apply for universal credit depending on your situation.
Meanwhile, other eligible people will face a sudden drop in income.
Dame Gillian Guy, executive director of Citizens Advice, said, “The government has provided substantial support to workers throughout the coronavirus crisis.
“He should now build on that by ensuring that people do not experience a sudden drop in income if they have to isolate themselves as part of the test and trace service.
“The government should seek to extend statutory sickness benefits to those who are not currently eligible.
“People need enough to live on, so that they can isolate themselves if asked to do so without fear of being pushed into trouble.” “
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Boris Johnson said in March that Britons who qualify for SSP and self-isolate on fears of coronavirus will receive sickness benefits from day one.
This means that they will not have to wait the usual four days before receiving it.
Explanation of the NHS test and traceability system.
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