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Between July 8 and July 15, more than 600,000 people in England and Wales received alerts to self-isolate during the coronavirus.
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The so-called “pingdemia” has also seen supermarket shoppers complain about empty shelves in stores, while some pubs and other businesses have been forced to close or reduce their hours of operation.
Speaking on ITV This Morning this week, Martin gathered all the support you could possibly get if you are one of the thousands to stay home.
Self-isolation payment of £ 500
Those who claim certain benefits like universal credit may be eligible for a payment of £ 500 if you have been asked to self-isolate and cannot work from home.
If you don’t apply for benefits, you may still qualify if you have low income and are facing financial hardship due to your isolation.
Those who can potentially make a claim include people who have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, notified to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app, or the parent or guardian of a child who has been invited to do so. self-isolate.
If you qualify, the £ 500 payment is for each 10 day self-isolation period you need to undertake.
The money is distributed by local authorities – so you will need to contact your city council to claim it.
Or if you’ve been screwed by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales, you should see a ‘financial support’ button that will give you details on how to apply.
However, Martin warned that some tips have started to run out of funds, so payment might not be offered to you even if you are eligible.
He said: “You should try it, but unofficially I’ve been told the way it’s been organized is a mess. “
£ 125 back in taxes
You may be able to claim up to £ 125 in taxes if they have been forced to work from home and incurred additional costs because of it.
For example, if you used more electricity or heat because you are home during the day.
If you’re eligible, your tax code is adjusted – rather than giving you the money up front – so you don’t pay as much tax.
The reduction in your tax bill is applied for the entire tax year.
Again, this help applies to both NHS Test and Trace notifications and if you get ‘pinged’ on the NHS Covid app.
Martin said: “If you are working from home because you got pinged and you can’t go to work, you are entitled to the work from home tax cut.
“Even if you work from home for one or two days, you can claim the allowance for the whole year. “
Claiming sickness benefit
If you have been contacted by Test and Trace or have been ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid app, this should entitle you to Statutory Sickness Benefit (SSP).
The SSP is currently worth £ 95.85 per week, but most employers pay more than that.
To be eligible, you must be employed and earning an average of at least £ 120 per week.
Martin said: “If you are entitled to statutory sick pay, for all the other reasons you need to be entitled to, then being ‘pinged’ is one reason you can get sick pay. legal.
“Look at the conditions of your employer’s sickness benefit, they are often more generous than statutory sickness benefits. “
Subsidy for self-employed workers
Self-employed people may have the right to claim money if their income has been affected due to their isolation.
This money would be issued through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Fifth Grant, as the criteria say you must have “previously negotiated but temporarily unable to do so” due to the pandemic.
However, you will still need to meet all other criteria required to qualify for the SEISS grant and have seen a drop in income. This help can also be applied to those contacted by Test and Trace and if you have been ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid app.
Martin said: “If you previously traded but couldn’t trade due to the pandemic, this is one of the criteria that makes you eligible for the grant.
“I have had confirmation that self-isolation due to a ‘ping’ would be admissible according to these criteria. “
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