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Self-isolating Brits will be entitled to financial support until March 2022


SELF-ISOLATING Brits will continue to be entitled to financial support until March 2022, the Health Secretary confirmed today.

Sajid Javid told Brits the Government will give “practical and financial support” to those who are self-isolating with Covid and are eligible for aid until next year.

Sajid Javid confirmed that people self-isolating will continue to be supported by the Government

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Sajid Javid confirmed that people self-isolating will continue to be supported by the GovernmentCredit: SKY NEWS

People who have been told to self-isolate but can’t work from home – and aren’t eligible for sick pay – could find themselves in a difficult financial situation.

But there are several grants and benefits you may be eligible to claim instead – including a one-off payment of £500.

And the Government has confirmed this aid will continue into the winter months.

Mr Javid confirmed today: “As well as maintaining the current legal requirements for positive cases and unvaccinated contacts to self-isolate, the Government will continue to offer practical and financial support to those who are eligible and require assistance to self-isolate.

“The Government will review the future of these regulations as well as this support by the end of March 2022.”

You might be able to get statutory sick pay (SSP) if you’re isolating due to the pandemic, even if you aren’t sick yourself.

SSP is £96.35 per week and it is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

However, this doesn’t apply to self-employed workers.

If you don’t qualify for sick pay, you may be eligible for a one-off payment of £500 through the Coronavirus Self-Isolation Payment.

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You must be self-isolating, or caring for a child who has been told to stay home, and be unable to work from home.

To get the Coronavirus Self-Isolation Payment you also have to be in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is usually given to people who have a disability or health condition that affects how much they can work.

But you might also be able to access ESA if you were unable to work while self-isolating or shielding because of Covid.

ESA is a contributory benefit, meaning you must have paid national insurance in the two full tax years before the year you are claiming in.

You can apply for ESA online, as long as you have your national insurance number and your bank details.

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