Threshold increased for claiming self-isolation payment


Solihull Council has increased its financial support to people who are unable to work from home if they are told to self-isolate and will lose income as a result.

From 24 June 2021 people earning up to £26,000 a year are now eligible to apply for a £500 support payment, which was previously only available to those earning up to £13,400.

The support is available to those who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, people who are asked to self-isolate by their employer or if they are parents/carers of a child told to self-isolate by their education setting.

People can be employed or self-employed and they do not need to be receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

“We are pleased to be able to offer greater support to our residents who are facing financial hardship due to self-isolation. We know that it can be a real worry for people when they are asked to self-isolate and they aren’t able to work from home and face a loss of income. This payment will hopefully provide a much-needed boost to those in need.”