New £500 self-isolation payments to support Mendip residents

A new £500 cash payment, intended to make it easier for people who can’t afford to self-isolate for up to 14 days, is now available to Mendip residents from today.

Mendip District Council say they will be administering the “Test and Trace Support Payment” for its residents.  Applications to the scheme are open now, and can be backdated from September 28th onwards, where qualifying conditions are met.  The support scheme is due to run until Friday, January 31st, 2021. 

The legal duty to self-isolate came into force at the end of September for people who test positive for COVID-19, or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. 

Up to four million low-paid workers in England will be able to apply for the self-isolation grant – just as new £10,000 fines also come into force for those who fail to obey the rules.

Mendip’s council offices are closed, but you can apply online for Test and Trace Isolation Payments. You’ll find full instructions and step-by-step guidance here:www.mendip.gov.uk/ttsp

The council’s Test and Trace Isolation Payments support line is0800 464 3623. Phone lines are openMonday to Friday, 9am-4.30pm. Lines may be busy, so please try the website option where possible.